THATCHED ROOFS, HOOGEVEEN
Two old high rises were torn down and were to be replaced with single family homes. These 30 houses are realized in a park-like setting around a little harbor. FARO designed four semi-detached houses, 13 terraced houses on the water and 13 terraced houses on the park. A wooden boardwalk runs along the full width of the houses on the water side.
All homes have thatched roofs, inspired by the large farm barns with thatched roofs in the province of Drenthe. Otherwise, the design is very subtle. A sober palette of colors and materials has been used. The roofs are thatched, window frames and doors are made of white wood and the facades are made of a nuanced brown brick. This brick is partly finished with engobe, which shimmers when the sun hits the brick at a certain angle. This effect is strongest when the sun comes out after a rain.