This is a house I designed. For me it was a logical step in 2004 after building and selling some 40+ gypsy caravans. I did not look at the cost, nor what is legal or not, it just had to be as nice as possiblle. I guess most architects have to work the other way round. I took my drawings to the guys in the Czech Republic that build our caravans and they made all the parts, put it together next to their workshop, then took it apart and send it to France where we live and work. We put it up in a week just in time for a visit of a wellknown photograper (Luuk Geertsen) who made most of the photo’s you see here. Later other photographers showed up and our ‘datcha’ was featured in a lot of (fancy deco) magazines and papers in France, Italy and Holland. We got many calls, e-mails and visits but sold nothing because civil servants who decide about building permits said that the house is not in the style of the region – so is the Eiffel Tower – and other silly reasons (jealous?). The prototype is still on our land and is rented most of the summer so we still enjoy it but it would have been nice to sell a few houses.
A small house in France built by Kees Hoekstra.