Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Thoreau’s cabin in Utrecht, Netherlands by cc-studio
December 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: cc-studio
Sited in the 5900 acre Noorderpark in Utrecht, the Netherlands this cabin provides a warm and dry escape for wet and tired volunteers that maintain the park. The 35 m2 cabin replaces a 1966 storage and break shelter for park maintenance, and was built without permit as it maintained a similar size and function.
Hidden in the forest and covered by lush foliage, the volume has been shaped so that it reveal its presence only at the very last moment. Two large sliding doors open up the entire corner of the building blending the interior with the surrounding open space; a little green meadow where sheep graze to keep the young trees at bay.
With neither running water nor electricity, local firewood is used to fuel the kitchen and fireplace. This sculptural hearth forms the heart of the cabin, which includes a storage room, washroom, and eating space. The hearth supports a folding aluminum-clad roof structure, which creates a protective yet open canopy that blends into the surrounding flora.
The architecture of the cabin complements the pastoral elegance of the park. You can almost picture Thoreau writing Walden here.
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DANNY VAN KESSEL Roermond, The Netherlands, 1986, architect, graduated in Architecture & Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2012. Previously worked as assistant designer at Sophie Valla Architect, where he worked on several competitions (Urban block, Zuidplaza) and the Noorderpark research project. In 2009 won the public choice award for the Media KunstMobiel. From 2012-2014 he worked as an architectural researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology on a method for determining the influences of building material on realized architectural form. Started working at cc-studio in 2011 as designer and builder of the Garden Shed project.
PETER HEIDEMAN, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1967, graduated from Building Technology College in 1993 and in 2000 from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. From 1996-1998 he worked on NeutelingRiedijk’s Amsterdam Borneo Sporenburg projects, from 1998-2006 as an architect for VenhoevenCS, where he designed projects like the tight budgeted, and by integral design resolved, fire station of Den Helder and the Kindercluster’t Zand. Since 1993 have done a number of independent projects and alterations for private clients like a house boat in Amsterdam and a recreational habitat in Groenekan. Peter incidentally teaches at the Academies of Architecture in Amsterdam and Arnhem.
GERALD LINDNER, Mombasa, Kenya 1966, engineer, graduated in Civil Engineering in 1990 from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands; worked for various engineering firms, like Octatube Space Structures in general engineering and as a specialist in glass structures. In 1997 made the switch to architecture and designed withTrudeHooykaas the international award winning Kraanspoor project for OTH in Amsterdam. In 2001 became part time university assistant professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, worked independently as engineer & designer –2005 2nd in “Europan 8”, Steel Prize in 2008 for co-engineering “Kooi met geenPoemaerin”, in 2010 1st in International Design Competition Genieloods with COOP, started cc-studio in 2010 with Peter Heideman.