In today’s house architecture, a large variety of models attempts to blend with the surrounding environment yet still stand out to give a special identity that differs from others.
In 2015, Bedaux de Brouwer Architects involved in a project named Woonhuis Nuenen to design a villa for a Kalmthout couple. The villa’s facade provides a simple image of cubic house architecture. The clean lines and minimalist coloring really showcase a modern architecture gene in this house as they also make a serenity effect that calms down the urban tension.
The humble box shape never looks boring when we take a closer look at the detail. A classic cross masonry joint of the facade wall combined with all-white facing imbed a nostalgic texture in the new modern breath. The explicit expression of a modern-classic twist really undermines the stark and plain characters often found in cubic architecture.
While the house also adopts large glass windows, the openings for sun penetration are at the maximum level improving spatial enhancement in its open-space indoor scheme. The wooden surface is on the majority area of the interior which covers the floor and ceiling. Combined with the spacious interior arrangement, the earthy wood colors are really alive promoting a warm and cozy indoor vibe.
While the privacy of these villas seems shoved at the first sight, the interior is actually providing a safe and enclosed nestling for the household. The complex interior flooring in this house is amazing. From the entrance, we will stand on the middle floor between the upper and semi-basement floor that is put half below the ground level. The technic has made the house have a full capacity for a dwelling that has a lot of functionalities.
Project Year: 2015
Photography: Michel Kievits