Our client bought a property along the waterside in an idyllic and traditional Dutch village north of Amsterdam. The newly built house had to blend into the small scale and the rural character of its surrounding.
Therefore the existing typical 19th century house on the location was rebuilt in its original state and extended with a modern volume on the backside. As the amount of built surface on the property was strictly limited a full basement has been realised under the new volume. A sunken patio provides sufficient daylight for those rooms.
De choice of materials show a clear contrast between the historical house and the modern extension. In the historic part the wooden facade elements, the gutter and the roof tiles are designed in a traditional way.
The modern volume refers in its shape to the volumes in the village but has been worked out with modern and minimalist details. Here the gutters are invisibly detailed and the black wooden planks in the facade and the zinc roof provide a modern appearance. The white window profiles in both the historic as well as the modern part make a connection between the two volumes.