IJsselstein, the Netherlands
size: 123 m2
Urban infill development in the historic town centre of IJsselstein. The basis for the design is maintaining the existing Medieval shed, which has a charming, simple look. Together with the new-build house it will form a cohesive picture at the front of the house. A patio lies hidden between existing and new spaces and receives sufficient sunlight during the day to make it a pleasant place to stay. The patio can be reached via an outside covered corridor (gate) which also gives access to the house. The gate is closed by a pivoted door.
In earlier times, both for warehouses and for working-class houses funnel-shaped gables were used, which is a simplified version of a stepped gable. The funnel-shaped gable is the basis for this design. It is not just a decorative element in the facade, but has been extended over the entire longitudinal section of the house. This creates a contemporary roof while also giving expression to the two adjoining premises. In the vertical plane of the roof daylight can enter through a large window in an almost industrial way.
With respect to materialisation, the roof shape with its sharp folds is the starting point. Zinc was chosen, a sober and natural material. In the Schapenstraat the various premises represent a nice colour gradient of the exterior wall caused by the joints. If the joint is more dominant by shape, flatness or colour, the colour of the stone tends towards the joint and becomes greyer. This effect is continued for the new development and enhanced by the choice of a grey stone with a shade of red. The effect is of a recycled stone to which once a cementitious layer was applied.
stuctural engineer: van Rossum