Hidden corridor connects different parts of Dutch homestead by Mecanoo

A hidden corridor beneath a grass hill links the metal-clad volumes of this house and cooking school near in the Netherlands by architecture firm Mecanoo. Called Villa Vught, the complex draws on the traditional Dutch hoeve, or homestead, with buildings arranged around a central open space. The functions of Villa Vught have been split between […]

Cowshed in the Netherlands rebuilt as a timber-clad family home

Julius Taminiau Architects has rebuilt an old cowshed to create a house clad in thin timber slats that conceal double-layered openings. Located on the site of a former farm in the Netherlands, the austere aesthetic of the agricultural structures on the site made the studio feel as if they were “stepping into Vincent van Gough’s […]

Weathering steel facade covers CLT-framed Dutch row house

Fem Architects has completed a cross-laminated timber house clad in sheets of Corten steel in a twist on the traditional row house in Amsterdam. The weathering steel was chosen as a nod to the Buiksloterham area’s historic brick factories. Ridges on the Corten steel panels and window insets allowed for some depth and texture to […]

Artesk van Royen Architecten designs extension for 17th-century Dutch house

Artesk van Royen Architecten has extended a more than 300-year-old house in the historic centre of Maastricht, the Netherlands, adding a contemporary glass structure. The studio has refurbished and expanded the house. It also had to factor in the side elevation of the extended house that is currently hidden by a neighbouring building slated for […]

GG-loop wraps Freebooter apartments with cedar louvres

Dutch architecture studio GG-loop has built a pair of prefabricated apartments in Amsterdam with timber louvres positioned to regulate the levels of light entering the building. Called Freebooter, the block was made from steel and cross-laminated-timber (CLT) and was prefabricated off site. It took three weeks to install all four floors, and the whole project took […]

Yellow stairs connect living spaces in Three-Generation House by BETA

Dutch architecture studio BETA has designed a house in Amsterdam for a multi-generational family with a central yellow staircase connecting their separate accommodation. BETA designed the Three-Generation House for a couple with young children who already lived in the city, and their parents who wanted to move in. The architects describe Three-Generation House as a “mini […]

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