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V-House / GAAGA

  • 01:00 - 6 June, 2011
V-House / GAAGA
V-House / GAAGA, © Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paradijssteeg 11, 2312 GG Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Architects

    GAAGA
  • Team

    Esther Stevelink and Arie Bergsma
  • Structural Engineering

    IMD, Rotterdam
  • Contractor

    Verbeij Bouw, Boskoop
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. V- HOUSE is a white stucco abstract looking house of which the V-shaped roof is its most striking feature. The roof is constructed of wood and is modeled after a common saddle roof, the only difference being that the top is turned downwards, resulting in a dip at the centre of the house.The roof is an important constituent of the architecture. From the outside, the V-shaped roof gives the house its distinguishing appearance and from the inside, it vitalizes and intensifies the interior space.

© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

The house covers a practically square area and consists of two floors. On the outside there is no clear distinction between the floors; the façade is composed as an unambiguous whole with a cluster of windows in the middle. From the inside though, each floor has a typical program and spatial lay-out.

Sections
Sections

The top floor accommodates the living, dining and kitchen area. This area is one open space, with a varying height of 2.8 meters at the centre to 4.1 meters at the edges. At the front corner of the floor a large void is situated. This vacant space not only links the upper floor to the ground floor, it also creates an L-shaped floor plan. The freestanding bearing wall at the inner corner of the “L“, together with the dip in the roof, divides the space in two: the kitchen and void on the left side and the living and dining area on the right. In this way the kitchen area is subtle separated from the sitting area.

© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

The interior and outward vistas, resulting from a well thought-out positioning of openings (windows, roof lights, void, and openings between the bearing wall and façade), evoke a sense of openness and spaciousness. In addition to this the use of natural materials like stone and wood contributes to an informal and friendly atmosphere.

© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

The ground floor accommodates different functions which are zoned in adjacent strips parallel to the partition walls. The strip in the middle accommodates the stairway, the corridor, and also the entrance hall, where a view is presented to the garden, the street, the void and the roof. Through the corridor the two other strips are opened up: at the right side a strip designated for private rooms like bedrooms and bathroom and on the left side a more than three meter wide strip accommodating a large polyvalent space. Because of the void overlapping this space, there is a strong visual relation with the kitchen and sitting area on the top floor.

Plans
Plans

Furthermore, the large window situated at the top of the front façade and the casement doors at the back façade provide a view of the sky and the closed garden respectively. These interior and outward vistas in combination with the natural light coming in from above (roof lights, top window) make the space intriguing, poetic and serene.

© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg
Cite: "V-House / GAAGA" 06 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/140026/v-house-gaaga/>
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?nicöle · February 08, 2012

V-House / GAAGA | ArchDaily - http://t.co/FWDu0unI beauty! A work of beauty!

robert e cooper · February 08, 2012

Congratulations, Designer. Beautiful, intelligent and traditional at the same time. The untrammeled windows remind my wife and me of seeing into Nederlandish city houses at night thru only a bit of lace for privacy. Here in the States our neighbors have their blinds closed both day and night!

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Esteban Paredes · June 07, 2011
Fabiana Penafort · June 07, 2011

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