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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.

Housing in Den Helder, The Netherlands by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd

May 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Tony Fretton Architects Ltd 

Located in the northern Dutch town of Den Helder, the project occupies a long site between two canals, the Helderskanaal and Werfkanaal where it looks out onto Den Helder’s fine Napoleonic naval yard. West 8’s masterplan for the scheme reflected the character, scale and diversity of the city fabric along each canal and provided for a range of size and cost of dwellings.

Type D West Elevation,street view looking north next to Helderskanaal : Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: Tony Fretton Architects Ltd 
  • Project: Housing in Den Helder
  • Location: Molenplein, Den Helder, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Christian Richters
  • Client:  Proper-Stok
  • Programme dates: Feb 2008 – June 2008 stages A-D. Start on site Dec 2008
  • Value:  Euro 4.8million approx
  • Site area: 2300 sqn approx (relating to TFA buildings only)
  • Gross internal area (sqm):  3200 sqm approx
  • Design Team:  Geurst & Schulze executive architects
  • Project Architect:  Chris Snow
  • Structural Engineer: Ingenieursbureau Dijkhuis bv
  • Services Engineer: Wolf Dikken adviseurs (building physics)
  • Quantity Surveyor: Tuin Den Helder bv (contractor)
  • Landscape Architect:  West 8 (urban plan)
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Autocad

West Elevation, Type S North West corner : Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

Houses facing the dockyard were to be imposing and three stories high and those along the Helderskanaal simple and two stories high. Designs by Tony Fretton Architects and Dutch architects Geurst en Schulze Architecten were to be interspersedand brick was to be the common façade material, but its colour and type could vary or it could be painted.

Type S North West corner : Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

Guerst and Schulze’s designs have finely elaborated detail and provide punctuation in the terrace, while ours are simple and rely on generously proportioned windows and entrance doors in facades of rose coloured brick with white pointing. To allow buyers the freedom in interior planning and to restrain purchase costs, all of the houses we designed will be offered as shells with carefully positioned service risers, fenestration and staircases that support a wide range of possible internal configurations.

East Elevation, Type B : Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

East Elevation, street view looking south on Weststraat : Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

Rear elevations, looking south from Type S first floor terrace : Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

Site Plan: Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

Ground Floor Plan : Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

First Floor Plan : Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

East Elevation : Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

Plans and elevations of each type of dwelling : Image Courtesy © Tony Fretton Architects

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