Concrete And Timber Retirement House Sits Amongst A Dutch Orchard

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Board-marked concrete forms the walls of this rural home designed by Belgian studio Marie-José Van Hee Architecten for a Dutch businessman .

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

The four-storey residence known as Zuidzande sits on the the internet site of a 19th-century farmhouse and orchard in Zeeland, a province on the Netherlands’ western coast. Marie-José Van Hee Architecten was commissioned to layout the retirement home for a businessman who, getting spent several many years travelling, wished to settle in his area of birth.


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“The brief was to design a house for a single guy, a property fitting like a tailored suit,” explained studio architect Sam De Vocht. “He had acquired the constructing plot in the area exactly where he was born right after a nomadic expert life.”

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

After demolishing the present rundown farmhouse, the studio devised a new concrete and timber property for the client.

Arranging restrictions stipulated the new framework could not exceed the 850-cubic-metre volume of the unique building. To accomplish this, the team created a big ground floor with glazing that maximises scenic views, while upper ranges have a smaller sized floor program to reduce the total volume.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

Horizontal timber boards have left their mark on the concrete exterior of a 3-storey concrete tower, which has a short chimney stack at a single side. Two timber-framed volumes angle from the base of the concrete tower, creating a greater Y-shaped ground-floor strategy.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

These two wings are covered in vertical lengths of black-stained timber – a reference to the timber architecture of the region.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

“We sought to have the developing also correspond in material to the nearby coast and therefore looked for a concrete brilliant in colour,” De Vocht told Dezeen.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

“The surface was finished with horizontal planks, which we also utilized vertically to clad the ground floor volume. The black-and-white stained carpentry right references the local vernacular,” he extra.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

Glazed doors front the interior angle of the blackened-timber block, directing views from a V-shaped residing and dining spot into the orchard. The doors slide back to give accessibility to a slim concrete patio sheltered by the overhang of the black timber roof.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

A hearth sits in the centre of the ground floor, separating the residing room from the kitchen. The concrete chimney breast rises over the hearth, forming a spine to which the smaller sized upper floors are attached.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

“We looked to geometrically sculpt the chimney,” stated De Vocht. “The height of the concrete volume, about twelve metres over the ground level, was a response to the presence of the only other creating on the website – an 18th-century barn with an amazing roof.”

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

A stairwell and elevator occupy significantly of the ground floor of the concrete block, with a little toilet and entrance hall to one side. The major entrance sits in a recessed doorway in this concrete volume.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

Timber stairs connect to the master suite on the initial floor, a library and bathroom on the 2nd floor, and a roof terrace. A notch in the concrete wall permits end users to peep above the parapet to get in views of the agricultural landscape.

Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten

Given that moving into the home the owner has become father to two children and this 2nd-floor library has been commandeered as a children’s bedroom.

Photography is by David Grandorge.

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