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Black House / Bakers Architecten

  • 01:00 - 12 September, 2010
Black House / Bakers Architecten
Black House / Bakers Architecten, © Maarten Noordijk
© Maarten Noordijk

© Maarten Noordijk © Maarten Noordijk © Maarten Noordijk © Frank Stahl +25

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Project Team

    Jan Bakers, Martijn Boer, Erik Feenstra, Noor van de Loo, Remko Verkaar
  • Structural Engineering

    CIHR bv, Delft
  • Lighting

    Maikel van Burik
  • Contractor

    Bouwonderneming Van Bekkum Houten, Houten
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. In Utrecht’s museum quarter, just south of the city centre, there was for many years a vacant plot on the corner of Lange Nieuwstraat and Vrouwjuttenstraat. This site in the midst of historical buildings is now occupied by ‘Het Zwarte Huis’ (The Black House), a complex containing six apartments with semi-underground parking and the new premises of Bakers Architecten.

The streetscape is characterized by heterogeneous, lot-by-lot development with distinctive corner buildings. Het Zwarte Huis is a contemporary addition to the existing urban fabric, in which the notion of ‘living above work’ has been accentuated by placing the dwellings in a solid volume on top of a glazed podium.

© Maarten Noordijk
© Maarten Noordijk

Lange Nieuwstraat begins at Domplein and runs via a gentle curve to the Centraal Museum. The site lies at the mid-point of the curve from where there is an overview of the entire street. This unique vantage point is fully exploited with a large bay window.

© Frank Stahl
© Frank Stahl

An internal courtyard has been created by placing the black volume parallel to the Lange Nieuwstraat. This volume also contains the various means of access for the complex as a whole. The semi-underground car park is reached via a car parking lift, while a communal staircase leads to the walkways along which the apartments are situated. The wide walkways also serve as outdoor space for the dwellings.

© Maarten Noordijk
© Maarten Noordijk

Het Zwarte Huis was constructed using 55-centimetre-long ‘Kolumba’ bricks. The apartments facing Vrouwjuttenstraat have a white rendered facade. The party walls on this side form a cantilever on Vrouwenjuttenstraat, thereby relieving the podium facade of any structural function and allowing it to be entirely of glass.

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26 Comments

Graham Cowen · December 24, 2011

The Black House in Utrecht; 6 apartments, 1 Architect&#39s office, 100% awesome! http://t.co/uM2g1qkd @plethoraapp

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Liana Lunardelli · October 04, 2010

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Luiz Eduardo Flores · September 28, 2010

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David McGowan · September 14, 2010

I was immediately attracted to this project from its materialality, and its use of brickwork. The design reminds me of a design of similar characteristics in Lincoln, England, called The Terrace, anyone heard of it?
http://www.ttcq.co.uk/

Adrian Sandor · September 14, 2010

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pablo fernandez villaverde · September 14, 2010

I agree! If you like or dislike the materials is an opinion (actually, I like them, you hardly get a better construction in Spain). But the fact of being a project belonging to the place is what makes it a special one. Unluckily, this a situation that everyday happens less, with a lot of architects thinking they are sculptors.

Shortlister · September 14, 2010

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up_today_arch · September 13, 2010

Actually, I think the contractor is good... The quality of this looks-like-poor surfaces if perfect because of it's exelent geometry... Everything is very sharp...

Cara · September 14, 2010 12:06 AM

I don't believe the finishing is as important as the design as a whole. When I looked at the first photo, I thought "this looks like it belongs in the Netherlands" before even reading that it was located in Utrecht. It takes a well designed building to read like it belongs in it's site in a photo without much context. It looks like it belongs here, without feeling old or worn out.

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Gustavo · September 13, 2010

Quite beautiful overall, but that cables running from the display in the meeting's room really bother me.

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æon · September 13, 2010

well, may be is not meant to be floating and is only a new fashion.

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æon · September 13, 2010

Seeing the first floor doesn't have the same wall finishing as the rest, is just glass, I think they wanted to give it the look of to be floating.

iChin · September 13, 2010

The concrete work is a bit sloppy... but I do think the choice of materials for the project in general work really well within the context of the block's existing historical buildings. Understated. Especially like the Zumthor Kolumba bricks
http://petersen-kolumba.dk/en/...

tDA · September 13, 2010

Terrible concrete finishing. Either by fault of the project team, poor contractor workmanship, or both; but it really diminishes the final result.

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