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The Stichtse Vecht holiday home is located in the countryside of central Holland, in an area called Loosdrecht. It is considered as a kultuur landschap or cultural landscape, shaped by man made lakes and bogs.
All its surrounding areas are included in a large protected nature zone, with strict building regulations. Loosdrecht itself is divided in a North and South side, the former with legislation allowing for 80% recreation, 20% natural preservation and the later, where the house is found, limits construction to 20%, dedicating most of the land to nature.
Immersed in the nature rich area, there is great emphasis on the respect of its context, with choice of material and energy efficiency. The house is clad in Swedish rabat wood, and topped with a thatched roof, both traditional and economical choices.
While the thatched roof relates back to the old way of building, the flush windows and extensive glazing provide a modern element to the design. The viewpoints of the house focus on the surroundings to give strong visual axes, with a primary feature of the house being the North facing glass fašade, which looks out to the lake.