On the Beaten Path: Trail House by Anne Holtrup

On the Beaten Path: Trail House by Anne Holtrup

Ronee Saroff
Apr 28, 2010

Imagine you're walking along a well-worn trail through the undeveloped suburban landscape when a house suddenly appears in your path. To walk around the structure would disrupt the surrounding vegetation; To walk through it forces you to penetrate a private space.

Such dilemmas are central to the work of Dutch architect Anne Holtrop, whose environmental installations challenge us to examine the often tenuous relationship between public and private space in the built environment.

Trail House was constructed along the sinuous path created by years of foot traffic in the Dutch town of Almere. Like the trail itself, the house it at once a direct response to the natural contours of the landscape and an interruption of its flow. Branching off into a series of corridors, which contain partially walled-off "rooms," it allows the inhabitant to see and experience the environment in new, unexpected ways.

To see more of Holtrop's thought-provoking work visit his site at www.anneholtrop.nl.

Via: Arch Daily

Images: Gert Jan van Rooij and Bas Princen

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