The plot lies in the polder of the former Middelsea, a historic part of the sea in the province of Friesland. Between 1200 and 1300 the sea silted up to the Bildt. In this period, 1275, the Boxumerdyk was build between the villages Boksum and Goutum.
The concept for this plan is a typological volume with saddle roof in a right angle towards the Boxumerdyk and parallel to the Zwette. This way the livingroom will be oriented south. The roof and the facades are covered with reed, analogue to the reed roofs of farms, barns and windmills, build for centuries and characteristic for the Friesian landscape.
The dike is an artificial mark between water and land. Reed symbolizes the transition between whet and dry naturally. On transition places like this, reed is the image. The residence ‘disappears’ in this image.
The shape of the roof is manipulated on important places. At the south side we wanted to protect the terrace from the south-western wind in this spot we partly stretched the roof to make a protected place. At the backside of the house we did more or less the same to make room for a carport and storage.
The landscape, terrace, façade and roof are in relation with eachother. The north and south façades are covered with glass and wood. The windows shift in the façade surface and are put back a little to manifest the roof more. A vide in the livingroom brings maximum lighting and magnificent view over the Friesian landscape.
Ordering party: Family Schuurmans
Location: Boxumerdyk, Goutum
Photogaphy: Peter van der Knoop
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