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Buitenhuis by VLOT architects: a low-carbon, modular timber home in the Netherlands

VLOT architects has completed the Buitenhuis (country house) a modular timber home interwoven with its immediate surroundings located in Heinenoord, Netherlands

Building information modeling (BIM), modular construction and low-carbon timber materials combine in the sustainable modular timber home Buitenhuis, a small, low-impact home situated in Heinenoord, the Netherlands.

Dutch architecture firm VLOT architecten designed Buitenhuis with a strong connection to the outdoors not only by framing sweeping landscape views with an entire glazed facade but also by integrating existing trees and plants into the green-roofed structure.

The modular timber home is engineered to be completely dismountable with dry connections so that it can removed with minimal environmental impact.

To blur the boundary between indoors and out, Buitenhuis opens up to a large deck in warmer weather. The outdoor living space expands the footprint of the home from 54 square meters to 210 square meters. The deck is cantilevered over a garden and existing ditch, which serves as the boundary between the garden and the farmland that stretches in all directions. The garden is irrigated with rainwater harvested from the sedum-covered roof.

Passive solar principles also informed the design of the home, which is outfitted with all-electric appliances as well as electric floor heating. Extended roof eaves mitigate unwanted solar gain in the summer while permitting winter sun, and the windows can be opened on all sides to promote natural ventilation.

Images: VLOT architecten


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