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AB House

a new roof

Location: Broek op Langedijk
Client: Private
Program: Housing
Gross floor area: 210 m2
Project team: Stijn de Weerd, Gijs Baks, Joost Baks, Remi Versteeg, Carlos Callejo, IƱigo Berriozabal

Structural engineer: de Ingenieursgroep, Amsterdam
MEP advisor: Nelissen Ingenieursbureau, Eindhoven

Until the land consolidation of the early 70s, the dyke villages of Broek, Zuid and Noord-Scharwoude were completely divided into small islands that were only accessible by boat. Parts of each island were declared as a nature reserve, with the other areas providing space for residence. Most properties are individual isles surrounded by water, now connected by small roads. The architecture of the area is characterized by fragmented volumes and pitched roofs.

A growing family encouraged the client to obtain the utmost space from their property. Thus, the starting point of the renovation was to enlarge the first floor, expanding it to the maximum volume permitted by the urban regulations.

This is achieved through a new first floor and roof combination which is then placed on top of the existing layout.

The house keeps the feeling of fragmentation on the ground floor, but the new corrugated aluminium roof gives all elements a sense of unity. The roof now hides the exisiting brickwork and rests on a black steel structure that follows the boundary of the building. The new layer, internally built by timber construction, is defined by a 45 degree pitched roof with abstract openings and aluminium finishes. The result is a dwelling in which tradition and modernity blend perfectly.