The contrast between the traditional, small-scale front house and the unusual layout of the large-scale back house creates a new dynamic in this post-war 'langsgevelboerderij'. Instead of preserving or restoring the division of a traditional farm, efforts have been made to strengthen the implicit qualities of the different spaces.
Instead of a traditional demarcation of rooms with floors and walls, one free-standing interior element has been placed in the back house. The three-dimensional element forms different spaces and connects them. By keeping the element disconnected from the outer shell, the spatial quality of the former 'deel' is emphasized. A well-considered choice of direction, position and dimension of the interior element ensures that space and counter-space are equal but different in character.
Harold & Caroline
Korte Brinkweg, Soest, The Netherlands
2007 (phase I)
2011 (phase II)
Aannemersbedrijf Piebe Leeuwen, Soest
ATKO advies en engineering
architect, interior architect & project management
René de Wit