The Garden House With The Most Flexible And Practical Design Ever

We’re not usually swept away by something as simple as a garden shed by today is an exception because we found something really cool that we want to share with you. It’s a garden house from Eindhoven, in The Netherlands and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen. Of course, you wouldn’t notice that at first. the house looks like any other regular garden shed…until its entire exterior shell starts to slide, revealing an inner shell made of timber and glass. The inner shell can slide open too in which case the interior living space is completely exposed and becomes an outdoor living area.

This is a garden house like no other which was built following a very specific list of requirementsView in gallery
This is a garden house like no other which was built following a very specific list of requirements
In these states, the structure appears to be unfinished, still in the building phase but in fact it's all completeView in gallery
In these states, the structure appears to be unfinished, still in the building phase but in fact it’s all complete

Believe it or not, this entire project was developed and completed by someone with no formal architecture training whatsoever. Caspar Schols designed and built this extraordinary garden house for his mother who wanted a place where she could feel away in her own garden, where she could meditate, write, paint, host family dinners, entertain friends, where she could enjoy the company of her grandchildren and where they can have sleepovers, play and perform for their family.

The exposed timber trusses form the inner shell of the house which is exposed when the outer shell slides openView in gallery
The exposed timber trusses form the inner shell of the house which is exposed when the outer shell slides open
The inner and outer shells can slide open and closed and this allows the owner to adjust the amount of light that entersView in gallery
The inner and outer shells can slide open and closed and this allows the owner to adjust the amount of light that enters

A governmental restriction dictated that the house had to stay within a 25 square meter footprint. That meant either that all those ways in which the owner wanted to use this structure had to adapt to a tiny footprint or that the design had to somehow fool the eye and incorporate surprising and clever features. Obviously, the second option was chosen. As a result, the garden house measures 6m x 4m when fully compact but its length can be increased to almost 12m thanks to the sliding shells, resulting in a 45 square meter floor plan.

When in its most com[act form, the house looks very simple, like any traditional garden cabinView in gallery
When in its most compact form, the house looks very simple, like any traditional garden cabin
The wooden platform on which the house stands is the key to its incredibly flexible designView in gallery
The wooden platform on which the house stands is the key to its incredibly flexible design

The house stands on a platform supported by 18 pillars of reinforced concrete. The exterior is clad in Douglas wood and the inner shell is made of double glass with a timber truss structure. The design is completed by a simple steel roof. The whole project didn’t exceed the 20.000 euro budget and was completed in 2016.

Inside the garden house, several different zones can be identified, each with its own special characteristicsView in gallery
Inside the garden house, several different zones can be identified, each with its own special characteristics
The central living space can be completely exposed to nature when both the inner shell and outer frame slide to the sidesView in gallery
The central living space can be completely exposed to nature when both the inner shell and outer frame slide to the sides
This flexible design allows multiple different layouts and configurations to be created inside the houseView in gallery
This flexible design allows multiple different layouts and configurations to be created inside the house

The design is optimized for maximum flexibility, allowing the owner to adjust the layout and the decor based on the type of weather or the desired function or setting. Inside this garden house, four main areas can be distinguished. The first one, at the top left, is completely closed and the perfect spot to sit in on a rainy and cold day. The second one is at the top right and is suitable for warmer and sunny days. The wood shell can slide open to let the light in and the space remains protected from rain and wind by the glass inner shell. The bottom left area is perfect for those warm and very sunny moments when the glass shell can slide open, turning this area into an outdoor living space. The last zone is at the bottom right and is the ideal space for hosting dinners or parties. Here there’s enough room for a 10 meter long table able to sit up to 30 guests.

The interior is warm and cozy thanks to all the wood and can be expanded whenever neededView in gallery
The interior is warm and cozy thanks to all the wood and can be expanded whenever needed
This charming garden house can be used for a lot of different activities and in a lot of different waysView in gallery
This charming garden house can be used for a lot of different activities and in a lot of different ways
The special design allows this structure to share a unique connection with nature and its immediate surroundingsView in gallery
The special design allows this structure to share a unique connection with nature and its immediate surroundings