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.
Huisjeshuis in Breda, Netherlands by studio NL-D
January 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: studio NL-D
The huisjeshuis is a single family house developed as an alternative for the rather boring and limited but relatively cheap catalogue housing. It exists out of a collection of standard shelters with an insulated hall system as a basis. The chosen hall system works in a very advantageous way if you compare the price per cubic metres to those of a standard house.
The attached volumes are connected with the main space through a specially developed polyester seal (manchet) which can be also used in combination with a standard rooflight for daylight penetration and ventilation.
The hall exists out of a load bearing construction made from steel and a sandwiched metalcladding. This provides a very light building, compared with the catalogue housing that’s mostly built from brickwork and concrete. This allows to use a lighter foundation than usual.
By building in a light way and using the advantage of standard, massproduced products it’s possible to save budget for additional special wishes.
Also a starter on the housingmarket will be able to begin with a simple volume, that can be extended later.
The challenge for us as being the architect is to develop interesting architecture within the large scale of variations that are possible within this concept.
First Huisjeshuis in Breda
At the specific case of Breda this concept results in a composition of a Romneyhal as a basis with two wooden garden houses used as office space, a greenhouse in the garden being the additional ‘outside’ bathroom, a siberian loghouse as sauna and a lookout spot on the roof in a polyester gatekeeper cabin (to be placed later). Furthermore there is a glass facade placed on the south, with a spacious wooden terras in front and two large sliding doors on the east- and westside, bringing lots of daylight into the building. To experience the spaciousness of the hall to the full, the bedrooms on the upper floor are constructed on a kind of table construction loose from the walls. Double high spaces in the living area and the hallway allow stunning views through the different levels and also to the neighbourhood.
Besides the invention of the polyester products also the heating system is developed especially for the half round shape of the hall. This shape makes the use of a wall radiation heating and/ or cooling ideal. Therefore in between the inside and outside cladding, in the curves of the inside plate 1,8 km of wall radiation pipe is braided in in 13 separate groups. By this you create a fast working system that doesn’t need to warm up a huge mass as with a standard floor heating system. This is also why we could place a full glass facade on the south. In the warm season the sunflap keeps the sun’s rays outside, in the cold season the low rise of the sun provides like in a greenhouse the warming up of the interior space.
To avoid the cold falling down the glassfacade there are several metres of heatingpipe braided into the first horizontal aluminium profile as well.
Finally the whole building process can be called special because the standardshelters can be set up by the supplier himself and it’s possible to work in a clear planned order. In the case of Breda a small buildingteam sets up the inner walls, installs the wooden floor and applies further interior work such as the kitchen and the bathrooms.
With the gained experience, it is possible to set up such a house, from laying the foundation to delivery within approximately 3 months.
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