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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

H House in Maastricht, The Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

June 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects

Designed for a couple and sited in a hilly suburban area of Maastricht near the Netherlands-Belgium border, the H House was designed for a couple with a strong interest in the arts. The clients formerly occupied a home directly adjacent to the site before appointing Wiel Arets Architects to design what would become their new home, the H House. Individually an actor and a dancer, and dually landscape architects, the owners are able to keep their landscaping skills honed in the formal garden behind the house, which they occasionally open to the public.

H House (Image Courtesy Joao Morgado)

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Project: H House
  • Location: Veldstraat 12 A, Maastricht, the Netherlands
  • Project team: Wiel Arets, Satoru Umehara, Harold Herman, Daniel Meier, Dennis Villanueva
  • Collaborators: Alex Kunnen
  • Model: Francois Steul
  • Software used: Vectorworks

H House (Image Courtesy Joao Morgado)

  • Furniture design: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Date of design: 2005 – 2008
  • Date of completion: 2011
  • Budget: 450,000,- EUR
  • Photographs: Christian Richters, Joao Morgado, Jan Bitter
  • Client: Jan van Opstal, Jo Willems

H House (Image Courtesy Joao Morgado)

  • Program: House
  • Site area: 300 m2
  • Building area: 130 m2
  • Total floor area: 230 m2
  • Area: 230m2
  • Consultants: Permasteelisa, Ingenieursbureau Palte, WRI Wetering Raadgevende Ingenieurs

Interior View (Image Courtesy Joao Morgado)

  • Structural engineer: Ingenieursbureau A. Palte bv
  • Mechanical engineer: Wetering Raadgevende Ingenieurs bv
  • Facade engineer: ITH bouwtechniek bv
  • General contractor: Wim Knols Bouw bv

Interior View (Image Courtesy Joao Morgado)

–    Project 2009, GA Houses 103 (2009), pp. 86-88
–    Design Today, Opaue Loft,August 2010, pg. 56-58
–    K Parvathy Menon, ‘Miror Mirror on the Wall’, Home Review 9, pg. 113-119
–    Stichting Regio-branding Zuid Limburg, ‘Zuidstad-lezing 2010’ Wonderful Zuidstad-

Corner View (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

The interior of the home is comparable to that of a loft-like space with a central mezzanine. Adjacent to the main volume of the home, are two independent volumes – the entrance and the bathroom, the latter of which is cantilevered over the ground floor. Terraces define the position and shape of the house, each with its own distinct character. The interior of the house has no structural walls and very few rectangular columns support the structural slabs, each positioned to minimize their impact on the interior space. All other walls, whether internal or external, consist of glass in varying shades of opacity. All lighting and bathroom fixtures are part of the ALESSI Il Bagno dOt series, which is also designed by Wiel Arets Architects.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

The stair of the house was conceived as an independent sculptural object within this loft-like setting, producing an air of suspense, while simultaneously providing storage. The range of privacy desired by the owners resulted in a series of curtains that can be drawn to casually define ‘interior rooms’ on both levels of the house. The combination of transparent and opaque glass, as well as the sliding and fixed portions of the façade, create a number of different possible responses to the changing of seasons and patterns of daylight. The house is suffused with richness due to the layering of unadorned space, the transparencies of the material palette and the countless possibilities of spatial compilations.

Green Park (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

H House (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Street View (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Dining Room (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Stairs (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Dining Room (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Living Room (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Entrance (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

Garden (Image Courtesy Jan Bitter)

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