EL REFUGIO .
At the site “the Buitenplaats’ in Amsterdam, a new enclave is established with the construction of 23 villas on large plots, directly connected to the water and the green, within the ring of Amsterdam. El Refugio is a detached house and home to a large family, hence the name Refugio, a place to retreat to. An efficient spatial layout forms the basis on which grandiose spatial elements are added, such as the mezzanine between ground and first floor. The open character of the house is emphasised by various outdoor areas on its south side, overlooking the water canal Weespertrekvaart. Greywater storage is shared with the neighbors and provides 80% of the daily water needs. With the use of thermal storage, PV cells and a heat recovery system, a sustainable home is created.
Design: 2015 . construction: 2017 . completion: 2018 . client: private . surface: 300 m2
MY OWN LITTLE LIGHTHOUSE .
The planning area “Kop Weespertrekvaart” is a contemporary interpretation of a ‘country estate’ in an urban landscape; self-build-plots are united by a continuous stone wall. The villa is characterized by its height of three storeys. The main room, the living room, is located on the top floor where a large roof terrace offers spectacular views of the city.
The floors underneath go through a playful sequence of the requested functions. Each space has something special by means of atriums, open connections and/or a specific orientation. This is also visible in the elevations where the sleek facades follow a rhythm of open and closed elements. The « folding of the floors » in the elevations brings it all together and a unity is created.
Design: 2016 . construction: 2017 . completion: 2018 . client: private . surface: 460 m2
HOUSE ON THE HILL .
Finished in 2014, this archetypal semi-detached house is designed with such an efficient floor plan that it makes maximal use of the space available. Its sleek shape with the linear openings in the front and back façade of the building are softened by the sliding shutters for the windows. In the space layout, we designed a compact core standing in the middle, containing closets, bathroom or storage. It is a home that is built to last with the best structure, high-quality insulation and sealing, a balanced ventilation system, solar collectors and daylighting techniques. This synergy of building elements and techniques (i.e. architectural, mechanical and structural) we apply to all our designs.
Design: 2011-2012 . construction: 2013 . completion: 2014 . client: private . surface: 180 m2 per dwelling
CASA MORGANA .
After an extensive study of the client’s lifestyle and wishes it was decided to renovate the house thoroughly and replace the old wing build in 1970. The house is located on a hill in a beautiful green setting to the south. The design places a strong emphasis on the outdoors, the connection between inside and outside and on the enjoyment of space and daylight. This is accomplished by means of floor-high continuous glazed sliding doors, opening up to large balconies and terraces.
Design: 2012-2014 . client: private . surface: 365 m2
Stylish, cheerful, focused on the outdoors with warm, durable and natural materials: a pleasure to live in. This is the starting point for the patio house “Little Red Riding Hood”. This sunny home gives peace, security and privacy without losing contact with its surrounding. The house is spacious with every luxury and comfort on the ground floor.
The patio house is characterised by a nostalgic yet contemporary look. It is built in redbrown coloured bricks. These bricks are stacked in an open 3D structure so daylight is filtered through the openings, which gives a magnificent play of light in the interior.
Design: 2012 . client: private . surface: 174 m2