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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.

The Hedge House in Wijlre, The Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

February 28th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects

Art as part of life was the main purpose of the small house in the 17th-century pleasure garden belonging to Wijlre Castle. It accommodates seemingly disparate spaces, i.e. two greenhouses, a hen house, a tool shed and a living room, together with the space for art.

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  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Project: The Hedge House
  • Location: Wijlre, The Netherlands
  • Project team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Lars Dreessen
  • Site supervisors: Hein Urlings
  • Furniture design: WAA
  • Date of design: 1998-2001
  • Date of completion: 2001
  • Models: Jeremy Bryan, Frederik Vaes

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  • Photographs: Hélène Binet, Kim Zwarts, Jan Bitter
  • Clients: Mr. and Mrs. Eyck
  • Program: Art gallery, lounge , orichid room, greenhouses, 7 poultry-houses, room for garden-tools
  • Area: 560 m2
  • Structural consultant: Ingenieursbureau Palte bv
  • Mechanical, electrical consultant: Huygen installatieadviseurs bv
  • Building contractor: Aannemersbedrijf Xhonneux bv.
  • Building physics consultant: Cauberg-Huygen Raadgevende Ingenieurs bv

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A linear exhibition space folds out into one of the gardens compartments enclosed by hedges, offering maximum wall surface, and defining exterior spaces between the hedge and the outer wall of the building. The itinerary of the exhibition becomes part of the overall routing in the park by way of two entrances ⁄ exits to and from the private and the public site.

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The height of the hedges, together with the stacked organization of the required interior spaces, creates an introvert exhibition gallery in the basement. The upper layers of living room, greenhouses, tool shed and chicken house, which are orientated to the outside, determine the different heights of the ceilings in the exhibition area and define the sources of daylight. Top, side, indirect, and zenith light for the collection penetrates the building at the thresholds between the art gallery and the other spaces. The materials inside and outside the gallery are limited to glass and exposed concrete, in addition to the plastered exhibition walls.

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Image Courtesy Jan Bitter


site supervisors


Hein Urlings

furniture design



garden architect



date of design



date of completion





Jeremy Bryan, Frederik Vaes



Hélène Binet, Kim Zwarts, Jan Bitter



Mr. and Mrs. Eyck



Art gallery, lounge , orichid room, greenhouses, 7 poultry-houses, room for garden-tools




560 m2

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