Part of an old villa garden was used to build this house. Not only that, the superb garden had to be both retained and related to the house. The south-west facade is composed of eight glass sliding French windows. This way all the rooms overlook the garden. The glass fronts also determine the internal subdivision of the house, consisting as it does of five identical portions. One contains the functional spaces, the other four (each with two glass doors) present on each floor a single large space that can be subdivided using prefab partitions. A long balcony following the glass line on the first floor has steel grids at the top and bottom that can double as sunbreaks in the summer. The other three facades protect the privacy of the occupants, their white sandwich panels punctured only by windows held in neoprene gasket. The entrance to the house is placed discreetly in the side elevation.
There are eight insulating sliding panels in the southwest façade, one per bay per floor, that work as passive solar collectors during the winter. A long balcony skirts around the glass on the first floor, its upper and lower steel grilles acting as a sunscreen in the summer. The strip balcony is made of prefabricated frames that are attached to the main steel construction in such a way that the two structures can move independently of each other. A duplex system protects the steel components on the exterior of the house from the effects of the weather. The frames and balustrades are thermally galvanised and then painted blue.
Family P.G. Jager
Benthem Crouwel Architects
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