Dwelling-workhouse HDT / Hoogte Twee Architecten

Architects: Hoogte Twee Architecten – Arnhem
Location: Nijmegen Area,
Client: HDT family
Project team: Peter Groot, Martin-Paul Neys, Erwin Schot, Cor Tiemens, Marten Kuijpers (bouwburo Start)
Contractor: Kuijpers Bouw Heteren bv.
Structural Engineer: Thomassen Bouwtechnisch Adviesbureau
Design year: 2005
Construction year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Thea van den Heuvel / DAPh


Dwelling-workhouse is situated in a small quarter with free lots, which form the transition between an industry terrain and a housing estate. The brave five-persons family villa attracts attention in the middle of the surrounding standard houses, but has been created by a clear “image quality plan”. The paradox between the freedom of design, with the clear “image quality plan” and the standard solutions, which are generally the results from this plan, form the basis for the development of the design, in which both extremes have been tested to each other continually. An hermetic, abstract volume is folded, moulded and shaped to a true strange, but imaginative speaking form, familiar with its tenants.


The slanting roof levels and the slightly yielding fronts take care of a spatial dynamics which can be felt everywhere by the free plan. A bath furniture, lifted until just under the roof takes care for functional divisions and reinforces the spatial experiences.


The apparent dark and closed mass has been illuminated with three patios which provide air and light to the liveable spaces. Mutual relations between living and working are reinforced with this or just avoided: a subtle game in which the playing with the theme ‘distance’ is central.

Cite: "Dwelling-workhouse HDT / Hoogte Twee Architecten" 16 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=24985>
  • http://blog.ounodesign.com Lindsay

    Nice. But when I saw the term “workhouse” in my feed, I was expecting something more Dickensian.

  • walter faulk

    why so many stairs?

    the ceiling above the masterbedroom ensuite shower is falling apart already.

  • Rembo

    Why did they photoshop (rubberstamp) the grass?

  • isla

    mabe there´s no grass jet

  • rodney

    nice ideas.
    Shame about the peeling ceiling.
    The exposed fireplace flue is an accident waiting to happen.

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