A Tiny Wooden Holiday Cabin on the Dutch Island of Texel

Proving not all tiny houses look the same, Orange Architects designed the Holiday Home to impress. Located just minutes from the North Sea on the Dutch Island of Texel, this modern cabin boasts a bold exterior and a sculptural interior, all within 753 square feet. Being that it’s a holiday retreat and people tend to spend time together, the spaces inside pull double duty. During the day, the home is open with spaces expanding beyond the glass windows and doors to the outside. At night, wooden panels rotate 90 degrees to close the hallway, thereby separating spaces. Once the panels are moved, the once enclosed bed turns into a bedroom, while the hidden shower and sink become an en-suite bathroom. By optimizing the interior allowing the spaces to transform, Orange Architects keeps the design compact and efficient.

modern angular wood cabin with black details in forest

Due to the home’s irregular shape, the contractor prefabricated the walls and roof in their workshop before taking the structure apart and reassembling it on-site.

side view of modern angular cabin in the woods

A black wooden shell envelops the structure while contrasting with its warm, light-filled interior.

front view of modern cabin looking through glass doors to interior

interior of modern cabin with double-height ceilings and white walls

Light color birch panels cover surfaces along with concrete floors for a modern, uniform appearance. Tall, wood-framed windows and doors along the front of the house make the interior feels expansive.

interior view of modern cabin with wall of glass windows and doors

interior hallways of modern cabin with woman walking through door

Skylights keep the back spaces filled with natural light while allowing the homeowner’s to gaze at the stars.

light wood paneled interior space with slanted roof with telescope pointed towards roof windows

exterior view of dark modern cabin in woods

exterior view of dark modern cabin in woods

exterior view of dark modern cabin in woods

exterior view of dark modern cabin in woods

exterior view of dark modern cabin in woods

Photos by Sebastian van Damme.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.