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Brick House Groenekan

Traditional material, surprisingly new

The brick house stands on the verge of village and landscape. The architecture of this house is founded on a traditional brick design with landscape characteristics. The surrounding houses are brickwork buildings with roof tiles, chimneys and subtle wooden accents. These ingredients have created a bright, modern house. The typical shape of the roof rises from the landscape and the inside living areas are focused on the surrounding landscape. The house is embedded in its environment by its shape, spatial construction and the used materials. It is constructed almost exclusively out of one type of material: bricks! The elongated shapes of brickwork possess a strong differentiation and thereby connects with the rural character of the surroundings.

 

The house looks as if it is a monolithic brick sculpture because the facades and the roof areas are all made of the same material. The house has deep, neat window openings. The side facing the street has a relatively closed façade, but moving towards the landscape openings become wider and the house brightens up. A bright incision at the front marks the entrance to the house. At the rear the light interior comes forward to ease the transition to the garden.

 

The house consists partly of two storeys and partly of one storey. The higher part matches with the adjacent two-storey houses whereas the lower part merges into the landscape. The house is L-shaped, making the terrace and garden part of the living experience. At the heart of the house a vacant space with an open staircase spatially connects the two storeys. The bright interior keeps interacting with the surrounding greenery and the house’s brick boundaries; even the terrace and the annex are made of…brick!

 

Imagery: Cornbread Works

category:
Villas
client:
Particulier
Team:
Van Rhenen
program:
detached dwelling
period:
2010 - 2013
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