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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.

Lighthouse in Utrecht, the Netherlands by BYTR Architects

January 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BYTR Architects

A corner house on one of the prettiest locations along the canal is provided  with a new living layer in a metal rooftop extension. A glass wall is wrapped  with a light, perforated aluminum skin. Windows occasionally pinch through  this layer or are covered by it, providing various degrees of openness and  closeness.

Horizon view (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

  • Architects: BYTR Architects
  • Project: Lighthouse
  • Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Project team: Tjerk van de Wetering, Richel Lubbers, Dominique Vermeulen
  • Client: fam. Van Dieren, Utrecht
  • Design: 2006
  • Realisation: 2010
  • Photography: Ossip van Duivenbode

Back facade nightview (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

  • Projectarchitects: Richèl Lubbers, Tjerk van de Wetering
  • Employees: Dominique Vermeulen, Caroline Knappers
  • Advisor constructeur: Boerkoel , Utrecht
  • Enterpriser: Sondervan BV, Werkhoven
  • Programme: Expansion private house
  • Provisional plan: may 2007
  • Final plan: aug 2007
  • Start construction: sept 2010
  • Delivery: feb 2011
  • Construction costs including installations € excl btw: 120.000
  • Construction costs excluding installations €excl btw: 110.000
  • Construction costs including installations €incl btw: 143.000
  • Construction costs excluding installations €incl btw: 131.000


Rearfacade streetview nightview (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

By putting the perforated aluminum panels upside down, looks into the  building are prevented. A interesting play of light emerges: at night, the  metal is lit from the back while in the day, the perforations provide diffuse  daylight into the interior. The rooftop terrace, acting as a herb garden,  provides a good view over the canal. Because this terrace is sunk into  the ceiling of the kitchen, the relation of the adjacent living-kitchen and  terrace is strengthened. Terrace and kitchen come within reach, despite of  the difference in level.

Back facade nightview (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

The stairwell void is occupied by an impressive vertical book closet. The  bookshelves transform into an easy, transparent stairs, wide enough to be  used as a reading bench.

Frog view (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

Hallway (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

Material Extrension Aluminium (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

Goed (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

Terrace View (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

Street view (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

Street view (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

Stairs-Cupboard (Image Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode)

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