Treading lightly

Taking it cue from furniture design, Studio Tjep.'s Isolée house has minimal impact on the environment.

Combining intelligent technology with elegant sophistication, Studio Tjep. designed a house that delivers an ecologically-friendly retreat from the modern world.

Isolée is the name of Frank Tjepkema of Studio Tjep.’s new architectural design that creates a habitat that barely impacts the environment.

Rather than a solid concrete block for its foundation, Tjepkema took inspiration from furniture design and opted for an elegant four-legged base.

My approach was the same as if I was making furniture, says Tjepkema.

The refined and stylish house reveals massive opening shutters spanning the entire length of the building allowing as much natural light as possible. An intelligent heating system is integrated into the structure of the house and topped by a solar tree ensuring minimal fuel reliance.   

Isolée creates a permanence, but with an engineered beauty that is aesthetically inspired by nature and harmonises humankind’s relationship with the world. 

Watch the Talk with Frank Tjepkema