SMALL TOWN LIVING, VIJFHUIZEN
The catchword for Vijfhuizen, a VINEX-location with Liesbeth van der Pol as urban architect, was ‘modern towns’. The key-points for this design were: small-scale, individuality, separate elements, social differentiation, bordering common ground, off-street parking and architectural cohesion.
The result was a strong concept of ‘steep eaves and dramatic dormers’ with variations in building alignment and orientation, large and small lots, semi-detached and free-standing, and a plethora of yards: front, side, back… each with its own surprises and character. Housing, as in any established town, is mixed: subsidized apartments, starter, mid-market and luxury homes. Despite the many different needs, the goal of architectural cohesion was achieved by giving the various elements the same overriding profile. The apartment building, for instance, looks much like the big brother of a house.
In the interest of continuity the entire project was built using wood and tile. The fronts and gabled sides were hung with burnt-orange wooden planking, and the steep 60º roofs were covered in anthracite-colored ceramic roofing tiles.