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.
SHED HOUSES in BREWINC, Netherlands by Johan De Wachter Architects
November 24th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Johan De Wachter Architects
As part of the redevelopment of the former Brewinc College into a housing & culture cluster the old practice rooms of this former trade school are transformed into 24 starter homes, with ample outdoor space and integrated parking facilities. With this redevelopment in the centre of Doetinchem a unique combination of “Facilities for the city” and “relaxed living in the centre” is realised.
Masterplan former Brewinc College – The old Brewinc College is the oldest monument of postwar Doetinchem . The typical fifties school consists of some classrooms and some practice rooms with characteristic shed roofs. Through a combination of intensive reuse and demolition, construction this site can become a vibrant place for culture and urban living in Doetinchem city centre.
Commissioned by the City of Doetinchem , Johan De Wachter Architects formulated the masterplan for the redevelopment of the entire Brewinc Location. Along with the future users, we drafted the program of requirements and the outline for the culture cluster” in the former school. The reuse of the former practice rooms and the development of “shed-houses” was an essential part of the urban plan for the Brewinc location. Each shed transformed into a new starter home.
Sturdy loft apartments – Designed by Johan De Wachter Architects bv and realized by the combination Koopmans – Wam & Vanduren the practice rooms of the former technical school were perfectly suited for the realization of unique starter homes with spacious private outdoor space. Despite the compact size of these homes (approx. 80 m²) the light, air and the characteristic atmosphere under the shed roofs are unique living qualities.
The spaciousness of the sheds remains optimal. The characteristic structure of the sheds with the white façade frames, the large glass doors and shed roofs continue to set the mood. The sheds are part of the new Brewinc residential court that is part of the route of the Simonsplein to Hamburgerbroek. The court completes this urban network of streets and squares.
The building structure of the Shed houses is not only iconic in the city, but also ensures a special living experience with an industrial touch. The relaxed and open relationship with the outside of the house emphasizes the sturdy and somewhat informal atmosphere in the court. A parking garage for 72 cars is provided at ground level inside the building. The houses fold around the garage so preserving the unique living atmosphere at the court.
JDWA is a design practice for architecture and complex urban development in the existing city. Designing with and for people in the neighborhoods is a very important aspect of our work. Generic concepts and standard typologies are never applied directly but change according to the project’s context. This approach results in an intense working process that demands a lot of communication and interaction between the client, future users and the design team. Real needs are often beyond written briefs and only become apparent through discussions.
Contact Johan De Wachter Architects