The seaside town of Santpoort, about 30 km from Amsterdam, is surrounded by the tranquility of a natural park, which forms the backdrop for a home that for years served as a cottage for railroad employees – thus, the name “Railway House” – located just steps from the train tracks.

In this almost idyllic setting, Utrecht-based Zecc Architects completely redesigned the original structure of the home, expanding it with the addition of two boldly contemporary wings that provide a striking contrast between the ancient and modern structures.

The choice of large sliding glass windows provides a carefree and nearly seamless connection with the surrounding landscape. Accorded star status in the living room is the Lifesteel sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio and upholstered in tobacco-color leather.

Architectural Project: Zecc Architects

Interiors: ZW6 Interior

Photo: Cornbread Works