Tiny House Love: i29 Interior Architects & Chris Collaris

This lovely tiny house has been swirling around in my head for the past few days. Dark and calming, it looks like the kind of space I’d love to escape to. I’ve been digging around i29’s portfolio and there are a couple projects that I’ll be sharing with you, like their Room on the roof project. Chris Collaris has a beautiful website that is worthy of a visit. Learn more about this tiny house below. via v2com

With a footprint of only 55 m2, this house still has a luxurious feel of space, and all around panoramas to the surrounding nature. This compact home is built for a family of four, including a living room, a kitchen/dining room, a patio, three bedrooms, one bathroom and two toilets. The layout is developed from the inside-out, the smart arrangement of functions make use of every cm2. Situated on an elongated island plot close to the lake, the positioning of the building volume is related to the views on the surrounding water and the orientation on the sun. By dividing the volume into four parts, the panoramic views and the invading sunlight become very specific. On the outside the diversity in size and the interconnected positioning create a sculptural image, looking different from every angle. In order to intensify this sculptural quality, all facades have a minimal design with invisible roof endings and window frames detailed behind the wood facade. All volumes have big windows or sliding doors which can be opened completely to fully merge the inside with the outside. On the inside, the dimensions and ceiling heights of the different volumes clearly articulate the separate areas and functions in the house. Long sightlines crossing the outside patio provide a visual connection. By opening up large sliding doors of the patio the volumes of the kitchen and living are physically connected.

Custom furniture and integrated cabinets accentuate the graphical quality on the inside. The design team made use of simple materials like natural oak wooden panels -or stained black to combine with the rough pinewood facade- and a continuing polished concrete floor. They strived for a design strategy in which architecture and interior come together in a model combination. Each volume has its own program. By linking interior components to the architecture and vice versa, the result is a high-quality project not dependent on expensive materials or technical show. In every detail, they aimed for the ultimate space-efficient solution. Every aspect of the design is approached to produce a pure and unified experience to leave a strong impression. Making quality projects is, in their opinion, not always ‘the bigger the better’. With simple yet smart interventions, this project is of the highest standard and at the same time energy efficient, eco-friendly, and built with a small footprint. In this sense it’s a model example of a tiny house; smart, comfortable but with no concessions to quality in both the interior and architectural design; small is beautiful.

Photography: Ewout Huibers

About Bio i29 interior architects:
Jaspar Jansen (1970) and Jeroen Dellensen (1972) together founded i29 interior architects, based in Amsterdam, NL. In close collaboration they head the work of the studio. Since the founding the studio produced a wide variety of award winning projects. Ranging from residential, hospitality, office, retail and exhibition projects. The studio’s portfolio include Interiors for booking.com, Bijenkorf Amsterdam (Selfridges group) , Samsonite Europe, FRAME magazine, National Ceramics Museum, Leeuwarden. i29 stands for projects that leave an impression on people. In a world that’s more and more virtual, interiors become identities. i29 create brick and mortar experiences that add wow to real life. Spaces with strong identities that speak loud and clear in order to attract, energize and inspire people. www.i29.nl / IG: www.instagram.com/i29architects

About Bio Chris Collaris:
Architect Chris Collaris graduated Cum Laude at the Technical University Eindhoven in 2006. He started his work carreer at the architectural offices of René van Zuuk and NL Architects. In 2008 he became project architect at the architectural office of Paul de Ruiter. Next to the corporate design of TNT Green Office, he has designed several villas with Paul de Ruiter like Villa V in Bloemendaal, Villa K in Bad Salzungen and Villa HJ in Schoorl. Chris Collaris Architects has been founded in 2013, with a work focus on private clients in the Netherlands and abroad. Conceptual work can be found in examples like the Black Gold Project. A transformation design for a mega oil tanker in the gulf region. Chris Collaris Architects is a small practice on design and architecture in the Netherlands. We love to work together. With clients, colleague architects and interior architects, with experts from different professional areas, art directors and tender strategists. www.chriscollaris.nl / IG: www.instagram.com/chriscollaris

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