Architect: JagerJanssen architecten BNA
Location: ELST, The Netherlands
Collaborators: Alex Jager, Rogier Janssen, Rob Bergervoet
Assistant: Marijn Boterman
Contractor: Bussman Bouw, Winterswijk
Built area: 220 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007
Photographs: Rene de Wit
Firm but Fair
The intersection of a planned green strip and an existing avenue provide an architectural opportunity for this a two-storey dwelling. The first floor appears to be cumbersome and heavy materialised: dark bricks with continuous seams result in an abstract rugged character. The second floor will be a wooden shaft: lighter in colour, weight and design.
The cooking ilse is lit by a translucent plane. The kitchen appliciances are integrated in the adjacent wall.
Plinth, Daylightstrip and Monolith
The plinth of the building is heavy, due to it’s wild bond masonry with retreating seams. A continuous daylightstrip separates the base from the monolithic trespa toploor.
Perpendicular to the groundloor central axis, a lineair staircase connects to the second loor . The orientation of the top loor vestibule is crosswise, thus maximizing the spatial perception of the dwelling. Ascending the staircase, one walks towards the light.