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.
House in Uitdam, Netherlands by Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten
February 27th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten
Uitdam is a small, picturesque village at the banks of the IJsselmeer. The clients found a small house to be demolished, next to the church and the dyke, just big enough for a new dwelling for two. Shape, materials, dimensions and the slope of the roof were almost fixed from the beginning. The spatial rules in the area are very strict, as the inhabitants of the region, the municipality and the tourists wish to protect the fragile, historically grown cultural landscape with its present consistency and small-scale beauty.
The new house fits almost unnoticeably into the existing neighbourhood; the dark colour of the façade, the traditional roof tiles and the sparkling white of both the edges of the roof and the window frames underline the familiarity with the traditional architecture of the area.
By using solid timber panels as basic material for walls and floors, the house gets a special and contemporary atmosphere. The clients chose the most refined smooth surface the manufacturer of the panels can deliver. Subsequently the panels were painted using a transparent white varnish, resulting in a slightly shiny timber surface, both rather abstract and still full of character due to the natural pattern of the timber that is kept visible.
The monumental tree in the backyard of the house played an important role in the design. The bedroom at the rear of the ground floor doesn’t follow the orthogonal structure of the rest of the plan to give space to the roots of the tree. At the same time the wide angle of the space makes sure that the terrace between dyke and house feels spacious and informal yet protected. From the first floor one overlooks both the pretty landscape and the water of the Ijsselmeer.