Modern Family Home in The Netherlands: Tradition with a Twist

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JagerJanssen Architects designed this home in Meppel, the Netherlands for a Dutch family who wanted something a little different. The Van Leeuwen House stands out from its more conventional neighbors thanks to its distinctive silhouette, but it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, the unusual architecture still works in its surroundings.

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The home's striking shape lures you in for a closer look. Inspired by the form of typical homes, the architects put a twist on tradition by putting a deliberate kink in the plan - literally. "The shape was conceived by making some subtle alterations to the basic shape of the house: the introduction of a kink in one of the facades which extends directly to a sloping ridge resulted in a dynamic and seemingly complex shape," according to the architects.

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The entrance is like a bite taken out of the structure, a sheltered white opening in the dark brick facade.

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As you enter, the contrast from dark exterior to bright interior is startling, and welcoming. The spacious open living area is white from top to bottom. Floors, walls and ceilings - even the kitchen cabinets - are finished in this minimalist palette.

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As you look up, you'll notice the home's unusual shape from the inside. The open-to-above living area showcases the rooflines overhead, dotted with skylights which flood the home with natural light.

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The upper level, partially enclosed by a glass partition, offers an unobstructed view and open dialogue with the living area below, enhancing its sense of space and social interaction.

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"No two projects are the same, our architecture always is a logic outcome of time, context, dialog between client and architect and collaboration with third parties. We want to make architecture that is a counterweight to the complexity of contemporal society." - JagerJanssen Architects

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JagerJanssen Architects
Photo credit: Ossip Architectuurfotografie

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Posted on February 7, 2013 2:12 PM

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