LOOSDRECHT – On an tiny island in Loosdrecht Lake, the Netherlands, a simple house with a subtle frame captures the essence of its surroundings.

‘The house embraces the natural context of the island and subtly blends in,’ says architect Remko Remijnse of Rotterdam-based 2by4-architects. ‘Its transparent facades create a visual tunnel effect, emphasizing the island's slim but long shape.’

The recreational house was custom-created as per the client’s wish. In summertime, nearly an entire side of the house can be opened to offer views of the water; the wooden façade can be folded open and the glass wall pushed inside it. The living room floor then becomes a jetty from where water can be accessed. A free-hanging chimney acts as a focal point, creating the perfect gathering place on warm summer nights.

Strict restrictions on size required 2by4-architects to cleverly and efficiently design the area available. The toilet, shower, storage are cupboards are concealed behind sleek double wall. A dining area is connected to the open kitchen, separated by a simple step.