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

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 bar

The 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 deck

One 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 deck

elevated angled view of c-shaped house in forest with pool and deck

angled exterior view of modern home with corten steel exterior

Clad 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 exterior

Untreated 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 forest

A 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 pool

exterior view of modern home with corten steel exterior and picnic table on deck

partial exterior view of modern home with corten steel exterior with bar that extends inside into the kitchen

partial exterior view of modern home with corten steel exterior with bar that extends inside into the kitchen

view of countertop bar fixtures looking out through open windows into forest

The raised outdoor bar is set up to serve guests drinks and snacks while maintaining connection and conversation.

long interior view of modern kitchen in cabin

Windows 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 cabin

partial long view of modern dining room in narrow cabin

view through small living room of modern cabin

angled view of living room of modern cabin

looking through walkway through modern living room

view from bed through opened window out to modern home's deck and pool

partial angled bedroom view of bunk beds

corner view in modern home with wood paneled walls looking into two mirrors into bathroom

partial angled view of modern bathroom in cabin

partial angled view of modern bathroom in cabin

partial exterior view of modern house cabin clad in corten steel in woods with vintage red car

The 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 woods

high drone view looking down to c-shaped modern house in the woods

architectural drawing of modern c-shaped house

Photos 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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