The Garden Room  / Objekt Architecten

The Garden Room / Objekt Architecten

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Text description provided by the architects. We were charged with the design of a multifamily house on a smaller vacant plot in a semi-open development. The biggest challenge here lies in the shape of the plot: very narrow in front and widening towards the back. In addition, it also had to connect seamlessly to the adjacent blind façade of the house.

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To make the different building levels visible in a quest for recognizability and captivating volumetry, incisions were made, as it were, where limited overhangs provide the shadow effect desired. These incisions provide a logical transition between the different building depths at the back. At the front, the overhang forms the covered entrance porch of the duplex house.

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The building houses two residential units, both with separate entrances. The two-bedroom flat on the ground floor has its entrance in the side elevation of the building. Residents can enjoy a nice outdoor space with a spacious terrace and a nice garden. The upstairs duplex flat, also with two bedrooms, is accessed through the front facade. The lack of a garden here is compensated by two spacious terraces at the rear of the building. A generous skylight above the void at the stairwell allows natural daylight to spread deep into the duplex.

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The façade of the building is clad in a ruby-red, glazed tile. Together with the red-colored exterior joinery, it seeks to create a pared-down, monolithic whole, reinforcing its volumetrics. The whole contrast with the other buildings, like a jewel in its raw surroundings.

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