Huis Eén

An exercise in living together

a family home in an urban context
a family home in an urban context

Huis Eén

An exercise in living together

A family of three generations wants to live together in one large family home. Southeast of the city centre of Amsterdam they find a building plot. To create a homely idyll, we designed the house with a raised robust wall towards the city noise that folds around the enclosed garden. Since the children and grandchildren live in the upper quarters, all floors have generous outdoor spaces that step up from the groundfloor garden to the upper balconies.

Angled walls give direction to the views and motion through the house. Atmosphere and scale of the rooms derive from the use of cross laminated wood and wooden beams both structurally and as materialisation of the interior space.

The narrative concentrates on excercises in living closely together. Privacy is established by positioning the two front doors at diagonally opposite corners. The living spaces of the families are pulled apart on the ground floor and second level to prevent noise disturbance. The first floor, with large overhangs provides privacy of views into the backyard. This allows the two households to find their own place within the larger house.

a robust street façade with small openings
a robust street façade with small openings
the enclosed garden is a green oasis
the enclosed garden is a green oasis
the grandparents live on the ground floor, the rest of the family live upstairs
the grandparents live on the ground floor, the rest of the family live upstairs
the grandparents recently moved to the house
the grandparents recently moved to the house
the windows in the children's bedrooms have a high part that can be opened...
the windows in the children's bedrooms have a high part that can be opened...
... and a lower part to play in
... and a lower part to play in
the staircase is the core of the house
the staircase is the core of the house
the spacious hallway and elevator allow the grandfather to go upstairs
the spacious hallway and elevator allow the grandfather to go upstairs
the kitchen connects the living room to the dining room
the kitchen connects the living room to the dining room
the living room has a direct relationship with the terrace
the living room has a direct relationship with the terrace
generous terraces makes for plenty of outdoor space
generous terraces makes for plenty of outdoor space
the sleeping floor creates distance between garden and roof terrace
the sleeping floor creates distance between garden and roof terrace
you can look into the garden from every room in the seniors' home
you can look into the garden from every room in the seniors' home
three generations in one family home
three generations in one family home
the brick wall folds around the familial life
the brick wall folds around the familial life
inside unfolds a green oasis of garden and terraces
inside unfolds a green oasis of garden and terraces

Background stories

street façade: closed like a castle
street façade: closed like a castle
the city wall is continued in the façade of the house
the city wall is continued in the façade of the house
garden façade: open and light
garden façade: open and light
section
section
ground floor plan
ground floor plan
floor plan first floor
floor plan first floor
floor plan second floor
floor plan second floor
floor plan third floor
floor plan third floor

Colophon

 

Location: Amsterdam

Client: private

Year: 2017

Status: built

Program: house for 3 generations

Size: 400 m2

Contractor: Van den Hogen Bouwbedrijven

 

Photos: Max Hart Nibbrig, Peter de Krom

 

Press: Volkskrant Magazine, Het Financieele DagbladArchDaily, de Architect, Architectenweb

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About Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk

The office was founded in 2010 in Rotterdam. We design narrative architecture that tells the story of the assignment at hand. A story with different layers: that of the context, a response to building tradition, the wishes of our client, sustainable applications and technical opportunities. The architecture surprises with imagination. Our work reaches from transformations to public spaces like a Performative Space in Eindhoven, and from building a multi-family house in Amsterdam to researching our practice and writing stories about it.

Partners: Elsbeth Ronner, Lilith van Assem 

Employees: Laura Steenbeke (2018), Joppe Douma (2018), Madeleine Mans (2016 - 2018), Paula Cores Barrel (2017), Jimmy Stegeman (2016), Dirk Gonzáles Veugelers (2016), André Cramer (2014), Clémence Boru (2013), Anne de Ruyter (2012)

They wrote about us: ModulørArchinedArchitectuur.nlDirty Science

Design: De Ronners
Development: Martijn van Bachum

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Contact:

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3025 HD Rotterdam

Parking is possible in our courtyard: navigate to 2e Schansstraat.

Elsbeth Ronner: +31 6 14887206
Lilith van Assem: +31 6 42026011

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