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House S / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

  • 01:00 - 17 January, 2010
House S / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten
House S / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten, © Michel Kievits
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From the architect. The house is located on the edge of the Asterdplas in Breda’s Haagse Beemden district. The living area is raised above the surrounding land, so that the view on the natural environment is optimal. Further solidifying the home’s connection to nature, large floor-to-ceiling windows frame the view, while giving the house a light and transparent character.

site plan
site plan

Since the residents are home workers, employees and customers are also regaled at the house. Therefore private and business rooms are separated in an ingenious way, where they do touch but never cross.

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© Michel Kievits

The working space is partly situated below grade, fit with a horizontal orientated window. Providing a beautiful view on the environment and allowing for a bright, natural lit lower level.

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© Michel Kievits
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The window that is coming out of the building's frame is very unique.

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hilldog3000 · June 07, 2010

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Kate Kundera · May 05, 2010 van der Velde makes it simple (beautiful architecture)

Rouan · January 28, 2010

Overall very accomplished and impressive...I just have a problem with the way the 2 seperate entrances were handled - the way the door swing toward the offices obstruct the main home entrance looks awkward and not well thought-through.

squark · January 27, 2010

Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten, betonowo, surowo, ale ciep?o:

Naning Utoyo · January 22, 2010

House S / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

Erik · January 19, 2010

Looks like a californian house. Not really a dutch design, is it?

cad · January 19, 2010

Nicely integrated w/ the landscape for a modern box

Fritschke Didier · January 18, 2010

A nice project to see, very simple. House S / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten. (via @archidaily)

rik · January 18, 2010

I think it's a very beautiful house/office in a beautiful setting. I'm just surprised with the choice to create an (artificial) dune landscape around the house. Although it gives a nice atmosphere to the outside spaces, i think it's not very typical for this area, and makes me think the house should be placed somewhere else.

ben barren · January 18, 2010 Perfect window4 Cape Schanck - Maybe Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten can shift work from amsterdam?

DESIGN*aRt::archive · January 18, 2010

architecture: House S in Breda, Netherlands / Grosfeld van der Velde Architects (23pics) (archdaily)

dito · January 18, 2010

front door..wicked

mahka · January 17, 2010

it made me say "i like simplicity"

Papo de Arquiteto · January 17, 2010

Muito bom o projeto...

jin lee · January 17, 2010

very nice

Terry Glenn Phipps · January 17, 2010

There quite a bit I find to like in this project. In particular the siting is wonderful; presupposing that the viewer appreciates the "machine in the garden" aesthetic. Certainly the siting is a reaction to the site rather than an attempt to blend into this outstanding natural beauty.

The main floor glazing takes great advantage of the panorama. I do find myself wishing that the reinforced mitered corner glass in the dining room were really a glass miter. It is 2010 and the technology to perfectly miter glass has been around for more than 60 years. This would have been just that bump up to dematerializing the corner.

Also, I really like how this how is straightforwardly planned as a live-work environment. The spatial organization looks very accomplished (although the lower level isn't really shown).

Likewise, I like the presence of a scullery off of the display kitchen. The separation of social and clean-up space is very thoughtful. Too, the cloakroom arrangement speaks to someone who actually entertains.

I find myself less convinced about the bi-level Master suite. Stumbling down those stairs in the middle of the night seems inevitable.

For all of the things I do like about this project there are some that I dislike. Those hectares of white linoleum seem cliched to me, as do many of the finishes. Some of the yuppy detailing makes me feel like I am looking at a B&B Italia brochure. Then I have to wonder when I see things like speaker cable hanging off of the ceiling in the living room. Where did the planning go? The worst element seems to be the lighting. I just cannot understand why lighting technology isn't a first priority in contemporary projects. Here it looks like all opportunities for energy efficient, elegant, and even lighting solutions were ignored.

No matter what the shortcomings, however, it must be wonderful to sit there and look at that quintessentially Dutch view.

Terry Glenn Phipps


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