The mas­ter plan for the Vinex dis­trict of Ypen­burg near The Hague included one of the twelve sub-​areas with the theme rural­ity. FARO has trans­lated this into a num­ber of ‘coun­try houses’ with mansard roofs. This ‘mansard coun­try house type’ FARO came up with, can accom­mo­date a lot of dif­fer­ent dwellings; large or small, con­tain­ing one or two dwellings, sev­eral apart­ments, eight ter­raced houses or a ‘clus­ter house’.

Rus­tic­ity means low den­sity and a rural atmos­phere with indi­vid­u­al­ity at every turn. The pro­gram, how­ever, calls for high den­sity (VINEX = approx. 40 houses/​hectare) and stan­dard­iza­tion. The chal­lenge is to trans­late this inher­ent oppo­si­tion into a strong design direc­tive. We found the answer in our own back­yard: “the villa with the steepled roof” became the inspi­ra­tion for the lay­out and design of the neigh­bor­hood. Villa-​like struc­tures of vary­ing sizes pro­vide a full spec­trum of hous­ing options: single-​family, duplex, apart­ments and town­houses.
In the jum­ble of indi­vid­ual dis­tinc­tions that dom­i­nate mod­ern soci­ety a strong iden­tity is pur­sued in order to express a greater whole. Dif­fer­ent build­ings in a range of sizes on dif­fer­ing lots: cor­ner, front-​to-​back, water’s edge. The strik­ing roof-​line pulls it all together and forms a col­lec­tive iden­tity. The appear­ance of the struc­ture as a whole pre­dom­i­nates the indi­vid­ual ele­ments from which it is formed. No cacoph­ony of options, no monot­o­nous rep­e­ti­tion; instead, large free-​standing struc­tures with character.

There’s a door at either end and two in the mid­dle – thus never too many in a row. At the back a com­bi­na­tion of decks, per­go­las and sheds form a nice con­nec­tion to the water. Fences at prop­erty lines are per­mit­ted but must fol­low cer­tain guide­lines. Each of the 2 mid­dle houses have a small shed at the front which cre­ates an area for a veranda.

Shift­ing build­ing lines and a need for more vari­a­tion prompted the choice for the tried and true “kwad­rant”. Once again four houses in a row – this time as pairs with roof-​lines per­pen­dic­u­lar to each other. With the veran­das directly on the water a sort of har­bor is formed. Stor­age sheds are incor­po­rated into the veran­das and together they give shape and struc­ture to the entrances.

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

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