13 Sep 2013 • Brick
The Brickhouse by Zecc Architects
GROENEKAN – Zecc Architects recently completed a brick house in Groenekan, the Netherlands.
The Brickhouse merges village building elements with an attachment to the landscape.
The architectural style of the house is founded on traditional Dutch brick design with a modern update. Neighbouring houses use brick as their main material and have sloped roofs covered with ceramic tiles. The house reinterprets brickwork to create a contemporary design that seems to sink into its landscape.
The Brickhouse uses levels effectively. The front of the house has two storeys which relate the house to the other buildings on the street. The back side is a single level partly sunken into the terrain.
While the house is a sculptural form, the focus of the design is on interior spaces which are oriented toward the surrounding landscape. The street-façade is closed giving the clients privacy and the back opens up towards the surrounding green. An L-shaped plan unites the outdoor terrace with interior living areas.
Each brick in the house was handmade specifically for this project by Petersen, a Danish brick manufacturer.
The ‘brick monolith’, as the architects call it, is broken by window openings punctured into the brick façade. Windows reflect surrounding buildings while allowing passers-by a view through the house to the green landscape beyond.
A perforated brick pattern lines the top of the chimney stacks, relating to the punctured aperture openings. Windows break the uniformity of brickwork and large, single-pane openings give the house an ultramodern quality.
Photos courtesy of Jaroslaw Rodycz