Traditional volume with contemporary materials


A comfortable, lifecycle-proof home was the wish of the clients in Heesch. With a bedroom, bathroom on the ground floor and a attached garage.

The building plot had a whimsical shape without any right angles. Besides that, the situation plan was very incoherent. My aim was to create more coherence, so I took the lines from the surrounding buildings and designed the house from two rectangles.  One parallel to the house on the east side, the other in line with the rear neighbours.

The two rectangles were placed on an angle to each other, thereby bringing into existence a tapered space for the entrance hall, scullery and library. The library and scullery also function as a connecting space between the two rectangles. The window of the library is positioned on the north side, so no direct sunlight is admitted. The glass is extended beyond the roof edge, so the ceiling seems to be hovering.

The staircase is placed between the dining room and kitchen, so it became a central feature of the house. By doing this, they moment of sensation of entering the house is shifted from the entrance hall to the big and open space full of daylight from the large windows and void.

Initially, the clients wanted a one-layered bungalow house. However, in order to relate more to the surroundings, a gable roof was chosen. The guest rooms are located on this level. In the exterior a strong contrast is created: the massiveness of the masonry on ground floor and the industrial feel of corrugated sheets of the roof. The horizontality of the brickwork is continued in corrugated sheets on the ground floor.

In the west facade I designed a loggia, so the inhabitants had a covered outdoor space to enjoy the sun almost year-round: from early spring to late autumn.


ADDRESSGraafsebaan 34
TYPENew house
YEAR2010 – 2013
CLIENTPrivate client
CONTRACTORCornelissen Aannemingsbedrijf
Vertogen & van de Ven Interieurbouw
Van Bakel Elektro