De Oostvaarders that located in Almere, Netherlands, was designed by Drost + van Veen architecten. The Oostvaarders presents itself in two different shapes. From the parking the shape rises like a vertical beacon from the plain. In contrast the shape from the lakeside is horizontal, connecting with the extensive dyke and water. On the first floor the panorama-room, with a large horizontal window, gives a stunning view over the lake.
From the entrance the visitor climbs the stairs to the crow’s nest: an exterior space to view the environment. This movement is emphasised by a continuous sightline through the building that connects the entrance and the crow’s nest. In order to minimise a disruption in the surrounding natural environment, the building time was reduced to a minimum. Therefore, the building is constructed in prefab, massive, wooden walls and floors.
In addition, wood is a light material with a high isolation. The natural expression of this material remains visible in the interior, like in a wooden cottage. The facades are constructed of prefab, timbered pinewood, elements in different patterns and textures.