The C House: A Hidden, Half-Hexagonal Gem in the Dutch Forest

A hidden architectural gem in the Dutch forest that redefines functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability within its half-hexagonal design.

Hidden deep within the woods in the eastern part of the Netherlands, a striking C-shaped retreat has recently been completed. GetAway Projects has designed the innovative residence, named the C House, as a recreational escape for up to six people to enjoy. Paying homage to its name, the half-hexagonal structure blends functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability, all within its 100-square-meter (approx. 1076-square-foot) design.

front exterior view of modern house with indoor/outdoor barThe design is arranged into five sections, seamlessly blending the living, dining, and sleeping quarters. The raised kitchen makes up the center section, with the dining room and living room flanking it at a slightly lower level. Both ends house the bedrooms and bathrooms, elevated above the connecting rooms.drone view looking down at half of a rectangular pool with two people laying out on deckOne of the most notable features of the C House is its unheated natural swimming pool that spans 12 meters (approx. 40 feet), allowing residents and guests to immerse themselves in the tranquil water. A helophyte filter, with lava stones and yellow irises, ensures the purity of the water, creating an oasis amidst the green forest.drone view looking down at modern house with deck and pool with someone swimming drone view looking down at c-shaped house in forest with pool and deckelevated angled view of c-shaped house in forest with pool and deckangled exterior view of modern home with corten steel exteriorClad with Corten steel, the house boasts a rusty red hue that evolves over time, creating a striking contrast against the lush green surroundings.partial exterior view of modern home with corten steel exteriorUntreated Fraké wood, renowned for its thermal modification properties, graces the window sills, accentuating the natural aesthetic. Once inside, you’ll spot the same warmth and texture, as the Fraké wood continues through the interior finishes.outside view standing on deck looking out over pool into forestA wooden deck surrounds a brick patio used for dining and gatherings. A raised platform adjacent to the brick creates an outdoor bar that connects to the kitchen via open windows.partial exterior view of modern home in the woods with deck and poolexterior view of modern home with corten steel exterior and picnic table on deckpartial exterior view of modern home with corten steel exterior with bar that extends inside into the kitchenpartial exterior view of modern home with corten steel exterior with bar that extends inside into the kitchenview of countertop bar fixtures looking out through open windows into forestThe raised outdoor bar is set up to serve guests drinks and snacks while maintaining connection and conversation.long interior view of modern kitchen in cabinWindows and sliding glass doors run along the inner and outer part of the “C” shape making the narrow footprint appear more open.partial long view of modern dining room in narrow cabinpartial long view of modern dining room in narrow cabinview through small living room of modern cabinangled view of living room of modern cabinlooking through walkway through modern living roomview from bed through opened window out to modern home's deck and poolpartial angled bedroom view of bunk bedscorner view in modern home with wood paneled walls looking into two mirrors into bathroompartial angled view of modern bathroom in cabinpartial angled view of modern bathroom in cabinpartial exterior view of modern house cabin clad in corten steel in woods with vintage red carThe C House resides in a private, 5,500-square-meter (approx. 60,000-square-foot) majestic forest within a larger forest, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves into nature.partial exterior view of modern house cabin clad in corten steel in woodshigh drone view looking down to c-shaped modern house in the woodsarchitectural drawing of modern c-shaped housePhotos by Kirsten Bos (Where She Goes).

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief 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.

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