"We prefer a modern white villa with a flat roof, but we suspect that the Municipality will not go with it", was the first comment from John and Peter when we asked them about their wishes for their new house.

The traditional typology with oblique roof and use of bricks, as prescribed in the Welstandsnota, provided our clients with the necessary headaches: how are these requirements compatible with the desire for a 'tight and contemporary' home?

The answer lies in the idiosyncratic way in which Personal Architecture translated the traditional typology into a bold building with large glass windows and traditional masonry. Because of the similarity in materials and the shape of the roof, the house effortlessly merges into its surroundings, but if you look longer, it is striking that the large, open living spaces - are connected to the surrounding landscape - form a sharp contrast to the introverted farms in the direct environment.

The sight axes of the house are taken from the long lines of the fruit orchard that originally stood on the plot. The striking concrete disk that runs through the house from front to back and from top to bottom not only structures the floor plan, but also the surrounding terraces and the pond. The slope on which the house is located is also a reference to the mounds that protected the farms of the Bommelerwaard in earlier times against flooding.

The house has been created in a special way. It was the explicit desire of the clients to actually realize their dream home themselves; John the house and Peter the garden. In order to make this wish possible, Personal Architecture has introduced the clients to the last detail in the technical and constructive challenges of the design, in order to help John on its way to realize his own home as the main contractor.

 
 
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  front façade with the typical 'mansarde' shaped roof and wooden hatch derived from local farms

front façade with the typical 'mansarde' shaped roof and wooden hatch derived from local farms

  the house is set in a rural area between two large rivers making brick a logical material for the facades

the house is set in a rural area between two large rivers making brick a logical material for the facades

  a terrace hovering over water was high on the clients' list of demands

a terrace hovering over water was high on the clients' list of demands

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  the orchard served as an inspiration for the vista's in the house emphasized by the separation wall

the orchard served as an inspiration for the vista's in the house emphasized by the separation wall

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  enough space for a large kitchen island was crucial to the clients

enough space for a large kitchen island was crucial to the clients

  dining room, loggia and kitchen in the back are aligned on one side of the separating wall

dining room, loggia and kitchen in the back are aligned on one side of the separating wall

  the living room with built in cabinets gives acces to the stairs leading up to the second floor

the living room with built in cabinets gives acces to the stairs leading up to the second floor

  view on the landscape seems endless through the large glass facade. The overhanging roof is crucial for the climate control of the house.

view on the landscape seems endless through the large glass facade. The overhanging roof is crucial for the climate control of the house.

  the open plan provides for studying in a secluded area yet being in contact with the rest of the house

the open plan provides for studying in a secluded area yet being in contact with the rest of the house

  ground floor plan

ground floor plan

  second floor plan

second floor plan

  situation

situation

 

client
John & Peter

address
Achterstraat, Kerkwijk, The Netherlands

completed
2017

contractor
John & Peter

advisors
Ad Wouters Bouwtechnisch Adviesburo

role P·A
architect & interior architect

project photos
Ossip van Duivenbode