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Definitive Design for Townhouses, Spinozastraat in The HagueThe design of eight new townhouses on the Spinozastraat in The Hague is in harmony with the existing, classic street elevation. The houses are, however, a novel reinterpretation of the 19th-century townhouses so typical of The Hague. The windowless side elevations feature decorative patterns in the masonry.
The Stationsbuurt neighbourhood in The Hague is a 19th-century urban expansion area that is characterised by long, straight streets with a traditional street elevation full of white frames and white ornamentation that contrast with the colour of the brickwork, which is primarily orange-red with muted tints. The ornamentation adds refinement and lends the townhouses an air of opulence and fastidiousness: it is a feast for the eye and an essential component of the neighbourhood’s character and atmosphere.The street facades of these new townhouses are classical in composition, with a plinth, a middle section and a cornice. The first floor is executed as a piano nobile and boasts large windows with a French balcony. The masonry of the windowless side elevations features decorative patterns. The rear elevations are restrained and informal, with calmly rhythmic fenestration. The plinth is finished in a shade of créme white, while the middle section is executed in orange-red brickwork. Made of clear-lacquered oak, the stylish front doors with panels and ornamentation are a key element of the houses.
WAM architecten: Thom Pegman
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