We built eleven three-storey houses, each one unique, on site 17 in the Noorderplassen-West district of Almere. The urban plan developed by KCAP involves programmatic ‘labelling’ of the building sites, with the subdivision of sites determined by the participating architects. Site 17 is labelled ‘living at the water’s edge’.
The eleven homes, which fall into four different categories, have a basic size of about 600 cubic metres. Buyers could choose from a variety of optional extensions and additions, creating a highly diverse composition. In combination with the choice of materials, the draft plan – based on various modular combinations of six-by-six-metre spaces – creates a sense of architectural unity and coherence.
In combination with the choice of materials, the draft plan – based on various modular combinations of six-by-six-metre spaces – creates a sense of architectural unity and coherence
The houses are positioned at the rear of the site, with a jetty extending into the water and a garden in front and on the south side. The garden is separated from the street by a hedge and a large projecting carport with a storage area, an entrance gate, and an intercom.
Because of the location on the edge of the lake, the design aims for a robust visual effect: sturdy masonry houses faced in long, charcoal-grey bricks with wide openings set in white frames. The jetties are large enough to moor a ten-metre-long sailing vessel.
'Tijdschrift uit de Ukraine', pp. 94-105, August 2005
'Werpanker, 11 woningen aan het water', p. 87, December 2012