The project forms the first phase of a large Vinex urban plan for 700 new dwellings that will be constructed on the edge of the existing village. The density of the housing, the smallness of the plots, and the intense mixture of different cost categories meant that traditional row housing as a starting point proved insufficient to meet this challenge. The concept for the design offers an alternative way of living on the so called ‘Vinex’ sites in the Netherlands. Through arranging the housing plots in a ‘regular irregularity’ organization of housing plots, the desired atmosphere of cosy village-like density with a remarkable contemporary openness was created. As a result of this the spaces between the houses become varied, resolving the desire/conflict for privacy and openness through the explorative use of diagonal views from inside to outside. The houses themselves are conceived as a series of elemental and generic ‘farm-like’ typologies, in which the differentiation of housing types are developed through size. The elevations are conceived as a wrapping and intertwining of vertically grooved hard wood (Cumaru) siding and ribbed steel plating in equal proportion. Over time, the materials will blend with each other to create a ‘new oneness’.

Design: 1998
Completion: Phase 1: 2003, phase 2: unbuilt Site: 1.2 ha Program: Phase 1: 22 dwellings, circa 90-100 m2, 20 dwellings, circa 125 m2 Phase 2: 10 dwellings, circa 160-200 m2, 4 tower dwellings, circa 250 m2
Client: Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, Dura Bouw Amsterdam BV
Associates: Bureau Bouwkunde, Amsterdam
Urban supervisor: Atelier Zeinstra Van der Pol BV
Landscape: Bureau Alle Hosper, Haarlem
Engineers: Constructie Advies Bureau Steens BV