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Straathof-Kocken Family House, The Hague
The house for the Straathof-Kocken family is situated in De Hollandse Meesters subsector in the Ypenburg suburb of The Hague. This sector plan, an urban design by Donald Lambert of the Urbis bureau, is comprised of ‘self-build plots’ for private commissioners. ‘Rules of play’ have been established for each plot, as set out in a so-called ‘architectonic quality plan’.
DesignThe idea was to design a comfortable, timeless residence in the tradition of, for example, the Villa Snellman in Djørsholm by Gunnar Asplund and the Van der Mandele Family House in Rotterdam by Granpré Molière.
On the street side lies the forecourt, with the carport and front door. Here the house presents itself as an elongated, somewhat hermetic volume with small window openings. On the garden side and the south side the house is more open and is composed of several rooms set around a large terrace. The terrace is visible from the entrance hall as one enters the house. To the left lies the spacious kitchen-diner; to the right, the living room and study. The terrace is the connecting element here as well as the outdoor space, with a large roofed-over section where the whole family can eat.
The house was designed to be exceptionally sustainable and boasts an extremely low energy performance coefficient (EPC) of 0.4. Contributing factors are the small window openings, the use of a heat-exchange pump and the ventilation system. The residence is not only sustainable in terms of energy use, but also in its timeless expression and in the use of materials that will age attractively.
The house has been realised in masonry without butt joints in a deep red-orange tint. The brickwork is rendered as surfaces into which an incidental articulation with piers has been introduced, alternated with relief brickwork in the windowless expanses. The piers form an entity with the terrace’s pergola, effectively creating a large outdoor room.
The pilasters in the gable end are topped by capitals. Four of these were made by the Straathof family, who were supervised by the ceramicist Christine Jetten, both parents and the two daughters choosing their own motifs. The capitals combined spell out the year 2008. When the children are older they will be able to show the house to their grandchildren and say, ‘Look, that’s where I grew up, and I made that stone myself!’
Design: © Molenaar & van Winden architecten
Principal: Mark en Suzanne Straathof-Kocken
Photographer: Robert Poeze
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