Linking together along a stretch of sand, our Beach Houses combine full functionality in a tiny space with modern good looks and expansive sea views. Able to sleep six, the beach house concept is related to our continuing research into compact living spaces, which is one of our officeâ€™s main study areas. While beautifully embedded in their environment, these beach houses offer a glimpse of possible future living solutions for the city.
In Cadzand French doors provide a panoramic view across the sand and sea, creating just the right holiday feeling. The kitchen and living room form a whole with the adjoining patio area outside. The patio is split-level and incorporates stylishly integrated lounge areas. An awning provides shade from the sun and acts as a windbreak. In short, ample space in and around the beach hut to get cosy and to enjoy life at the beach to the full.
By tuning beach huts with respect to one another and towards the sun, we created a diverse look and feel with a view from the beach through to the dunes behind. We aimed to create optimal privacy in and around the beach huts using this organic layout. A subtle choice of materials and subdued colour schemes and shapes ensured that the beach huts blended with the Cadzand beach and its dunes.
During the summer months, the beach’s colours are determined by its visitors. These shades, tints and hues are temporary and vary from moment to moment. Despite this, a neutral and subdued colour scheme was chosen for these beach huts, which set the beach scene for several months on end. Their light, matt grey outer shell blends beautifully with the grey tones found in the dune landscape. Flooring, patios and awning slats are made from wood and lend the beach huts a particularly soothing ambiance.
Our L-shaped beach houses have flowing, rounded lines giving them something of an organic, pebble-like appearance â€“ enhanced by their soft grey colour. Their wide glass fronts are open, facing towards the sea. Behind these fronts, the rear sections have a more closed, private character and are finished in wood. Large decks link the houses together and give each one its own private outside space. Inside, the compact yet well-equipped interiors are fully integrated.
The Petten Beach concept is a forerunner of our beach houses at Castricum and part of our ongoing research into micro living: high-density units able to accommodate the growing urban population. Mass produced, affordable and stackable micro living units could be both mobile and adaptable to their surroundings, blending in with nature as here or even adopting a faÃ§ade suitable for a historic city.
Complementing the housesâ€™ organic shape, a natural materials palette harmonises with the location. The houses consist of an outer shell, finished in matte grey, and an inner wooden shell. The main material is composed of sturdy wooden slats which feature a milled pattern that subtly refers to the ribbed sand effects seen on beaches. The side walls have large, circular windows which are repeated on the roof. The roof also features pholtovoltaic cells, providing each house with energy and making it potentially mobile.