The project is part of the Makiezaten district in Bergen op Zoom. According to the urban plan the houses should contribute to a “thirties” atmosphere. Sputnik has met this condition by softening the transition from the street to the interior. It is about the gradations of public to private, for which in the thirties smart architectural tools were used, like niches, small walls, planters, bay windows. In the design for the 17 houses, these tools were translated to a contemporary architecture, anchoring the project firmly to its context. The houses should be suitable for elderly people as well as young couples. Therefore the bathroom and a master bedroom are located on the groundfloor in addition to the living room and kitchen. The bedroom can be used as flexible extension to the living room. the street facade is built up with a carefully designed composition of brickwork volumes. Bay windows provide wide views over the front garden and the street. The overhangs provide shelter from rain and shade on a sunny day.
Location: Bergen op Zoom, NL
My Role: Commissioned by Stadlander, winning competition entry by Sputnik