Curved residential project in Hattem incorporates cantilevered panorama platform
The site of this new housing project formerly housed a cluster of buildings of low technical quality, however the client saw an element of potential in the area and bought the plot with the notion of developing a unique residential structure. The site lies at the border of the historic centre of the town and has fantastic views over both riverscapes and the inner town. Sky-related living and associations with a crow’s nest were part of the requirements.
The original house which dates from around 1900 and was renovated in the 60s and 90s can hardly be recognised now after the recent rebuilding project as only the wall on the eastside of the property is reused in the modern house. In the design a new identity for the house was created in an attempt to make it part of a series of contemporary architectural structures in the area.
The new house occupies the same volume as the original building and is extended towards the garden by continuously curved wooden beams. Voids connect the inner spaces and offer rich views that culminate in the crow’s nest, a cantilevered panorama platform. Hereby the purposeful dealing with daylight is crucial. The interior is designed to respect the needs of the elderly with lazy stairs, respecting the environment and being flexible to the inhabitants’ requirements. Fixed working tables and storage spaces provide an arranged inner organisation.