House Bierings / Rocha Tombal Architecten

© Hennie Raaymakers
© Hennie Raaymakers

Architects: Rocha Tombal Architecten / Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal
Location: Utrecht,
Project team: Iwona Wozniakowska, Enrique Otero Neira, Elena Cabrera Vacas
Client: Fam. De Haas-Bierings
Construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek Delft bv
Contractor: Aannemingsbedrijf de Hek bv, Giessen/Oudekerk
Constructed Area: 239 sqm
Budget: $1,716 Euro/sqm
Project year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Hennie Raaymakers from DAPh & Ana Rocha

© Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers © Hennie Raaymakers

From a basic form, defined by the municipal urban plan, sculptural “eyes” emerge with direct views to the varied countryside landscape. The form and orientation of the building avoid visual contact with the adjacent houses: at the ground floor the angled ceiling of the kitchen accentuates the intensive contact with the garden. On the first floor, the different shaped openings in the roof and façade offer, like “fingers of light”, varied daylight experiences.

concept sketch
concept sketch
© Hennie Raaymakers
© Hennie Raaymakers

The routing through the house starts in the hall, a section of the ground floor volume. After experiencing the entrance area and passing the gigantic pivoted door, the visitor arrives at the “heart of the house”, the kitchen. Here he looks through the big glass wall straight into the garden, which suggests being outside again. Behind him, the stair cuts a wooden wall inviting to follow the route towards the first floor. Its angled form and extreme proportions (small and high) and the daylight entering from the ceiling, offer the feeling of walking in a medieval street.

section 01
section 01

At the end of it he discovers the living room, a quiet, north-lighted attic space, from which a big opening exposes the surrounding green like in a framed painting.

Cite: "House Bierings / Rocha Tombal Architecten" 05 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • 2MACoff

    Очень клево, порадовало… любл когда белым бело…..

    • Ewelina

      Well done Iwona and team :) congrats!

  • kevin

    looks really great, love that wood. I m just a bit worried about how the wood will change its surface over the years as
    the surfaces will be stressed differently by the wind and weather.

  • wilber

    funny shape ) and exterior wall finishing is pretty cool!

  • Mie

    simply is nice:) but i don’t like only white…

  • Arthur Francisco

    Why do the doors open to the hallways?

  • ron brenner

    This house is very drammatic. The zero detail edges and those pop outs make this house plan very striking. But boy is this thing going to weather poorly! All those surfaces so exposed.

  • amonle

    O wow – it’s actually a house! … love it

  • z99

    it feels inviting

  • clint eastwood

    … the proper wood, properly managed (tecnicaly)can last for at least 50+ // se no problem here… everything nice & clean, from concept2realisation, good attention to detail – unless somebody burns it down

    i’d just add some colors, graphics… hmm… owner has a nice place for … hmmm … enjoying art :)

  • pathos

    I can appreciate the rigor and the discipline with which the house was detailed (I know how difficult it is to achieve this simplistic minimal look!) Love the warm wood venners, not so much the white floors, and they could really benefit from an Interior Designer. Very interesting exterior form and floor plan. Well done!

  • Joel

    Superb Architectural DETAIL gives SMALL HOUSE big bang. Vertical wood siding climbs exterior neatly! Interior design has as much pizazz as the outside. Overall a succinct and original piece of art in the form of a home! Can I have a duplicate for my yard, please?

  • Oflodor

    I love the interiors and how the light enters to them.

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  • oscar falcón lara

    Oh wow, so absolutely Cool!, simplistic yet quite complex, quirky and elegant I love it!

  • Andrew Geber

    great stuff

  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    It must be nice to have a house this full of light in the Netherlands. From what they have shown it looks like an excellent adaptation to the building code without sacrificing an interesting parti and privacy in the fenestration. That cannot have been easy to reconcile.

    Terry Glenn Phipps

  • arnold

    very impressive modern architecture (exterior) forms. Maybe (in my opinion) here’s to much come out forms from the main house structure, but novelty of this arch.decision is taking me admire of it.

    Interior looks a bit like “museum” of living spaces :-). conceptual minimalizm, but without life. Machine for living (or smth, how Le Corbusier said once..).

  • harry

    To me it’s looks like to chilly

  • PB

    looks neat, but rather cold. I wish it was warmer and more human, it’s a little institutional.

  • Ill

    a strange memory of Japan seems to fly around

  • g0o0z

    .Agradable revestimiento exterior de madera, un detalle hermoso de la casa, es lo que más me agrado, no tanto así el interior, sin embargo, de tener unas buenas aberturas de iluminación bien logradas

  • Julie

    I would love to know how those bookshelves are engineered to carry so much weight!

  • Vitaliy Alt

    Fashions, it is similar to the sea lavatory basin washed ashore. Very beautiful.

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  • Al

    It’s very pure. Nice details. A house, piece of sculpture. But sculptural masterpiece of that excellent kind isolates itself from the real material world and everyday life. It might not suit for living, it mostly is for being. I prefel some warmer house.

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  • Rouan

    gorgeous, love the crisp lines and silhouette-like nature of the house with the clouds behind. Awesome detailing, tried looking for gutters but really well disguised. Where the heck does the water go though? im guessing the gutter line is visible through the window but thats one damn fiddly detail, waterproofing mustve been a bitch. Epic house nonetheless, wouldnt work here in South Africa