Bulky hay and a thin layer of glass
The picturesque surroundings of Waalsprong (Nijmegen) challenged us to create a rural design for a small house. We found inspiration in the form and material of a hay barn. The walls are made of hay, which refer to the bales that are normally stacked beneath the roof. These walls embrace a warm and compact house with two small bedrooms and the living spaces. The north-facing elevation is closed, while the house opens out towards the south. A greenhouse is located adjacent to the living room, which is used to heat up the air during the winter and as an extra space during the other seasons. Allowing the resident to live with the seasons.
The office was founded in 2010 in Rotterdam. We design narrative architecture that tells the story of the assignment at hand. A story with different layers: that of the context, a response to building tradition, the wishes of our client, sustainable applications and technical opportunities. The architecture surprises with imagination. Our work reaches from transformations to public spaces like a Performative Space in Eindhoven, and from building a multi-family house in Amsterdam to researching our practice and writing stories about it.
Partners: Elsbeth Ronner, Lilith van Assem
Employees: Laura Steenbeke (2018), Joppe Douma (2018), Madeleine Mans (2016 - 2018), Paula Cores Barrel (2017), Jimmy Stegeman (2016), Dirk Gonzáles Veugelers (2016), André Cramer (2014), Clémence Boru (2013), Anne de Ruyter (2012)
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