exposed brick – raw concrete
“We aim for a transition from inside to outside,
from the inner self to the living environment”
The transformation and extension of this railway house is an ingenious manifestation of contrast and alternation. The straight metal rails of the extension, making the small railway house literally break through its old walls, set off sharply against the softness of the surrounding dune landscape. Exciting reversals between inside and outside occur, such as the interior of the dining room being the encapsulated exterior of the railway house, whereas the patio feels more like an interior space. Old elements and new additions alternate in a surprising way, also on the interior level, where design classics are combined with found objects and a Persian rug rests on the hard untreated concrete.
This former dairy farm in the rural area around Utrecht was transformed into a spectacular residential home. In our task to design the interior space, the threatening grey skies and surrounding farmlands and cornfields served as the inspiration. This translated into the use of many natural colours and lively, distinctive materials, giving warmth to the inner space of the building. Each room has a different atmosphere without ever losing the overall cohesion, and the interaction between inside and outside is central, always bearing in mind showing the history of the building. For this project, we worked together with Zecc Architects.