The Black Glass House

House and Garden, hardware and software, two concepts that strengthen each other. Inside and outside become one experience by erasing the boundary between the two.


The small house is situated in the middle of the plot, creating a front and back garden which stresses the concept of a house and garden being one experience. The front garden is designed as a flower garden reacting on the seasons and mixed with timeless perenials. The back garden starts of like a lush garden and ends with a vegetable and herbal garden. Terraces of different sizes and paths are covered with pebbles.


The construction of the house is based upon an aluminium greenhouse. 3 Facades are to be opened by sliding doors. The fourth facade towards the public path is partly closed with aluminium sandwich panels.

The silver curtains, an ingredient also taken from the greenhouse-industry, follow the facades and give a more or less view into the garden. One is able to orchestrate and control the views towards the inside as well as the outside.


Budget materials and cultural experiences are mixed within the small space of the house which measures only 26m2 whilst the garden is 300m2. Due to the small surface of the house, it is treated as one loft-like space with a bathroom as a core in the middle. Relaxing and sleeping are combined on elevated tatami-mats. All of the interior is treated as furniture in material combinations of dark greys, silver, smaragd green betonplex and browns in oak wood and leather. Color comes from the garden and the cushions, blankets and carpets on the tatami-mats.





: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Client: Private

: House and Garden

Area: House 26 m2 and Garden 300 m2

Budget: 40.000 euro

Status: Completed in 2017

Project team: 
Freyke Hartemink, Giulio Tamma