How to design a holiday home?
“We want everyone to feel at home here”
Architect Remko Remijnse
Architect Remko Remijnse designed the cottages for Qurios Zandvoort. Designing for Qurios is a relatively large project for Remko. He likes to work on projects with a lot of personal contact, and that is not always the case with large assignments. Fortunately, with Qurios, there was plenty of involvement.
“I met Jeroen Postma, the owner of Qurios, for a cup of coffee and I was impressed by his enthusiasm.
Eventually, I got to know the organisation and saw the passion everyone working there has for the company. The great thing is that it’s not just about making as much money as possible. We have a mission: we want to make something really beautiful.
The great thing about working with Qurios is that right from the start we were given a lot of freedom. We have been working together for a few years now and it still feels good. We are very happy about that.”
"At Qurios we have already designed a number of different parks and you can see that each park is getting better and more sustainable. We take things that go well in one park and apply them to the new one. This is how we continue to develop."
How to design a resort?
“We always start with the location. Where are we and why would people want to come here? We discovered that people come to Zandvoort not only for the beach but also to be able to visit beautiful cities such as Amsterdam and Haarlem. Then you also have the Zandvoort Circuit and the Kennermerduinen Natural Park. Qurios Zandvoort is certainly not a “one size fits all” park.
That’s the reason we created a lot of variety in the cottages. But we were also looking for unity. So, although the cottages are very diverse, we have chosen materials to create a feeling of cohesion – you can see that they belong together.”
Remko has been designing tiny houses for years. That experience came in handy at Qurios. “A lot has changed since the first tiny house was built, both in the field of knowledge and experience. For example, we now have different sizes of houses at the park in Zandvoort and there is even group accommodation.
We have tried to design in such a way that it feels secure and cosy. But whatever size the house is, they all share the holiday feeling. Cheerfulness is all-important.”
“Sustainability must always be anchored in the design. We are on the right track here. As an architect, it’s great to have a client who finds that important too. At Qurios we have already designed a number of different parks and you can see that each park is getting better and more sustainable. We take things that go well in one park and apply them to the new one. This is how we continue to develop.
I find sustainability interesting because it goes beyond the choice of material or the use of solar panels. It is also about the sustainable experience. It’s nice when people return here with a feeling of it’s great to be back in the place I want to be. Good architecture can do this!”