A Small Holiday Home Set on the Dutch Island of Vlieland

Set on the Dutch island of Vlieland, this small holiday home features a fully retractable façade that allows it to open up to the outside environment. The house has been designed by architecture studio Bloem and Lemstra Architects on the behalf of a client.


Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Exterior - Humble Homes

The zoning in which the holiday house is placed is quite strict. There were permitted to create a new house that was up to 581 square feet (54 square meters) in size and no higher than 8.2 feet (2.5 meters). A smaller addition, up to 65 square feet (6 square meters), could also be added to the house. In this case they used this allowance to build a separate entrance.


Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Living Area - Humble Homes

The architects settled on a simple design: the more private areas of the home would be located on the north side of the building, and the shared living areas would take advantage of the island views to the south side. Hence the bedrooms and bathroom are found at the back end of the home, and the open plan living area to the front.


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The small footprint and overall building height help the holiday home to reduce its visual impact on the landscape, and the timber siding gives it a softer aesthetic than other cladding types. Elements of steel are also on show, mostly towards the front where a steel column that supports the roof has been left exposed.

Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Exterior Back - Humble Homes

The interior is light and airy (particularly when the glazed façade is retracted). The floor level between the interior and exterior areas is maintained creating a seamless transition between inside and outside. The open plan living area is taken up by the living room, kitchen and dining area.

Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The back end of the house features 3 beds within two bedrooms. The bathroom, like a Japanese bathroom, features a toilet and shower that are accessed individually. The separate entrance provides a means of accessing the home during the colder winter months, without losing heat from the main building.

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Photos: Bloem and Lemstra Architects

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. I am not seeing a closet. Although, the second bedroom could be a great closet space and lager bath. The openness of the floor plan is a must. After living in a tiny home for 3 1/2 years now. I am ready to install more windows or move. Light and space make for easier adjustment to tiny home living.

  2. A very good example of what could be a project by stages. From the basic volume of the night area expand to what is seen here. Using a good portion of the entrance for closets. I presume that in the present configuration, being a holidays house there might be storage under the beds, ship cabin style. The harmonium doors form the living room folding to the outside and protected by the prolonged roof turn this house usable round the year. And once more, the fluidity of “the glazed skin” merges interior with exterior creating an illusion of even greater size of the living room. Also like the concept of compacting the sleeping areas to its basic dimensions, creating a contrast between night/retirement and day/interaction.