Architects: BaksvanWengerden Architecten
Location: Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Project Architects: Gijs Baks, Jacco van Wengerden
Collaborators: Rui Duarte, Keimpke Zigterman
Structural Engineer: Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Amsterdam
Contractor: Cor Koper Bouwbedrijf, Heerhugowaard
Area: 210 sqm
Photographs: Yvonne Brandwijk
BaksvanWengerden Architecten is commissioned to design a single-family house on a self-build plot in Nollen-Oost, located to the north east of Alkmaar.
The position and proportions of the building plot as well as the different views and privacy aspects resulted in a north-south orientation on ground floor level and an east-west orientation on the upper level.
The ground floor is organised around a free-standing box, containing the supporting hardware for the spaces around it. The living area on the south opens to a more formal front yard; the kitchen has a central position and the eating area is oriented to the generous back yard.
On the upper level the sleeping rooms are orientated to the roof gardens on both the east and west side. The small programme on this floor; the bigger programme on the ground floor and the pitched roof define the pleasantly awkward shape. Anthracite, ceramic tiles completely enwrap the house. It appears simultaneously confident and humble.