Home Magazine

This Blackened Timber House Triumphantly Emerges After a Fire

By Dwell @dwell
Blackened timber Dutch home

Using prefabricated elements, Bas van Bolderen Architectuur and Studio Puisto Architects were able to complete the dwelling in just eight months so the couple’s lives could return to normal. Wall elements were constructed in Germany, then transported to the Netherlands, where the house was erected in just one week.

Architect  Studio Puisto Architects

When Bas van Bolderen and Willem van Bolderen visited the site of a 17th-century farmhouse in the small Dutch town of Duiven, only ash remained. Forty years ago, newly married Gerard and Wilma bough the home, where they raised their now adult children. But, within a single night, it was all lost to a fire. Rebuilding a replica of the original house was out of the question; an approximation of the centuries-old home would never do.

They invited the brothers, each with his own architectural firm, to come up with something new. Called Huize Looveld, the new home is deeply rooted in the familiar landscape. “The old house faced inward,” Willem says, “This one engages the surroundings much more thanks to large, well-placed windows and a harmonious transition between indoor and outdoor space.”

Though it’s significantly smaller than the original home, the new design feels spacious thanks to its airy interior. Varying ceiling heights set off distinct zones within the central living space which is used for cooking, dining, and hanging out. Forgoing fussiness, the brothers went with stainless steel in the kitchen, and used American ash, known for its hardiness, throughout. The ground floor has poured concrete flooring, which is perfect for visiting grandchildren, muddy dogs, and hauling in firewood (“It’s the country, after all” Wilma says.)  It’s also used on the decks and in the bathrooms, making the exterior spaces feel like a natural extension of the first floor.

The house is made up of three wings and forms an almost Z-shaped structure, with ninety degree angles. The master bedroom is downstairs and guest quarters are on the second floor, facilitating privacy in an otherwise open home.

 The architects encouraged the couple to embrace new technologies and a bit of luxury, but deferred to the homeowners when it came to maximizing the views. Together, the made sure that every turn produces a new vista. As Gerard explained, “Since the surroundings and the location were all that we had left, we wanted to embrace the landscape as much as possible.”

  • Log in or register to post comments

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Go Grow Glow!

    Grow Glow!

    The yuccas in the second raised bed are enjoying the summer and growing away nicely, except for one that is... The Yucca rostrata right in the middle of this be... Read more

    11 hours, 32 minutes ago by   Alternativeeden
  • Recap: Mamby on the Beach a Breath of Fresh Lakeshore Air

    Recap: Mamby Beach Breath Fresh Lakeshore

    Chicago in the summertime is truly the best of many worlds. You’ve got a fine, world-class city made of beautiful, steel structures, gorgeous parks... Read more

    The 27 June 2017 by   Urbanmatter Chicago
  • Book Review: Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?

    Book Review: There Differences Gospels?

    The full title of this wonderful book is Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?: What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography (Oxford University Press, 2016). Th... Read more

    The 27 June 2017 by   Mmcgee
  • Video: The Lofoten Islands of Norway

    Remote and wild, the Lofoten Islands in Norway are a gateway to the Arctic. In this video we travel to this incredible place that is seldom visited by outsiders... Read more

    The 27 June 2017 by   Kungfujedi
  • Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2017

    Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2017

    In it’s 35th year, the Ottawa Dragon Boat festival is an attraction for outdoor music revellers, beach enthusiasts and competitive dragonboat racers. Read more

    The 27 June 2017 by   Hendrik Pape
  • Dirty Dancing (UK Tour) Review

    Dirty Dancing Tour) Review

    Cast Lewis Griffiths – Johnny Castle Katie Eccles – Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman Carlie Milner – Penny Johnson Julian Harries – Dr. Read more

    The 27 June 2017 by   Caz
  • July 4th: Our Independence & A Whole Lot More

    July 4th: Independence Whole More

    Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, June 28th at 8:30 PM, with "July 4th Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about events tha... Read more

    The 27 June 2017 by   Theomnipotentq