PERMANENT VACATION IN THE BIRCH WOOD , ZUIDLAREN
These dwellings have been designed and built in 1995 on a practically empty site. Since then time has done its work, it is now an attractive birch grove in which can be lived. This grove is car-free, shared and open to the public. The plan consists of twelve cubes with 30 social rental dwellings and 21 owner-occupied dwellings that are seemingly loosely placed in between the trees. However, the placement of the cubes is very exactly specified so that all houses have a good amount of sunshine and long sight lines. Everyday Utopia.
The dwellings are visually defined by a simple volume with a prominent porch on front. Each block contains either three two-storey owner-occupied units or six single-storey social rental apartments. All front doors, storage sheds and private outdoor areas are located beneath the veranda’s, kept dry by the porch.
The materials are simple: red brick for the blocks and ‘rustically detailed’ timber and slates for the porch. The inevitable additions added on by the residents fit in wonderfully well.