House Baetens / JagerJanssen architecten

Architect: JagerJanssen architecten BNA
Location: ELST,
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

concept axo

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.

Open kitchen

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 with retreating seams. A continuous daylightstrip separates the base from the monolithic trespa toploor.

Lineair staircase

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.

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    Great! Can’t get enough of posts like this.

    I can’t get a grip of the section featuring the balcony. Would have choosen another kind of wood for the second floor.

    But it’s a really unusual and smart idea with the glass dividing the building.

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    That’s a pretty strange bathroom in the seocnd floor, why separate the WC from the bathroom?, specially if you have so much space in it.

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    I like the whole project! the bathroom question is not given, it is quite nice to have it seperatet!


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    if you kept with the brick instead of going to wood on the exterior then maybe we could talk.

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