Rotterdam, NL | Amsterdam, NL
Villa Trapman gives the impression of comprising two storeys over its entire length. The floor-to-ceiling sliding windows placed at regular intervals above one another in the long side facing North-East seem to be incontrovertible evidence of that. In fact, however, only half of the building has a second storey. In the other (studio) half, four sliding windows extending from floor to ceiling offer a virtually unobstructed view of the adjoining majestic polder landscape.
As a mezzanine the upper floor is partly open towards the living and working area and can also be reached from there via a spiral staircase. The ground floor, beneath the mezzanine, includes an open kitchen, sanitary amenities and access to the villa. The façade on the side facing South-West is further determined by the slightly overhanging, broad aluminium eaves, the gently rolling slope to the ‘access window’, and a blank steel sliding door almost as tall as the villa at the level of the living and working area. The chimney of the gas oven has also been placed against the building on this side.
Apart from the architectural illusion of having two floors, this villa is a very conventional building. The aluminium cladding, the sliding door, the relatively large chimney and the repetitive positioning of the windows give the whole an industrial look. The building makes no effort to adapt or relate to the character or details of the surrounding landscape. That spatial introversion and cool autonomy also give the design a touch of architectural arrogance.
Location: Nieuwveen, NL
My Role: Architect