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Hoflaan House, Rotterdam

Residential Architectural Development in The Netherlands design by MacCreanor Lavington

13 Jun 2013

Hoflaan House in Rotterdam

Contemporary Dutch Residence

Hoflaan House, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Design: Maccreanor Lavington

RIBA National Award Winner – 13 Jun 2013

Hoflaan House, Rotterdam
photograph © David Grandorge

The distinguished Hoflaan is characterized by deep front gardens, monumental trees and mostly detached houses. The intertwining of private and public green creates an exceptional environment with an almost rural atmosphere.

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photographs © David Grandorge

The street is characterized by a variety of homes that show huge differences, not only in terms of style and construction period, but also in terms of size, finishes and detailing. White villas are a characteristic part of this context.

The subdued and formal facade of the house camouflages a rich and spatially complex interior. The varying sizes of the windows add an asymmetric component to the formal design of the facade. This ambivalence is consciously tuned with the character of the street in which informal and formal spheres effortlessly blend into each other.

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photographs © David Grandorge

The rear refers to the typical character of 19th and 20th century urban expansions: a sculptural whole of juxtaposed volumes and details. The loose, at first glance random placement of the windows in the side wall is based on a logic that comes from the internal organization of the house.

The windows all have a specific function on the illumination of the interior. One window illuminates the staircase, another brings light into the upper bedroom, and yet another window provides a controlling eye from the kitchen out onto the adjacent path. In the interior, the staircase covers a disproportionate share of the building volume. Together with the split-level organization, this ensures that the traffic space in the house is, in fact, a sequence of residential spaces. But also the split-level organisation creates an ingenious extra storey which is barely visible from the street.

The house is designed according to the passive house standard and the British Code for Sustainable Homes, level 5. Much attention is paid to the choice of materials with respect to their CO2 footprint and the internal environmental performance. The house is CO2 neutral in construction and very energy efficient.

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photographs © David Grandorge

Hoflaan House Rotterdam – Building Information

Client: Maccreanor-Bousema family
Programme: 300m² detached family house
Date of Completion: 2012

Hoflaan House, Rotterdam images / information from Asymptote Architecture

MacCreanor Lavington

RIBA Awards 2013

Location: Hoflaan, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, western Europe

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