House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

• February 16, 2012

HILBERINKBOSCH wooden volume balancing on the brick walls RdW 21 600x386 House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

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HILBERINKBOSCH concept 01 600x396 House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

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The house, situated on a beautiful lot at the edge of the forest, consists of two different volumes: an L-shaped base on which an oblong volume balances. Together they form a sculpture which resembles a fallen tree on a pile of earth.

HILBERINKBOSCH overhang of the wooden volume RdW 13 600x400 House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

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The public functions of the house are situated in the L-shaped base. The outside walls of the L-shape which face the public road look unapproachable and secretive. The wall is made with long, dark, robust bricks emphasizing the horizontal lines.

HILBERINKBOSCH Fireplace and view on the terrace and the sheltered area under the overhang RdW 07 600x400 House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

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The interior of the house is open and light. The living space is connected with the terrace, the garden and the forest and a flood of light is entering the house. The garden facade of the house is formed by a concrete structure, the imagination of modern living within the rampart.

HILBERINKBOSCH wooden volume seen through the trees PK 22 600x400 House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

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On this basement a timber volume is placed in which the more private rooms such as bed- and bathrooms are situated. The wooden volume resembles a fallen tree, balancing on the firm base. The steel structure of this volume has been clad with wood out of Louro Preto, an FSC certified tropical hardwood.

HILBERINKBOSCH overhang by nightfall RdW 14 600x403 House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

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The wooden volume protrudes far beyond the base, forming sheltered places around the house. On one side the timber volume is firmly anchored to the ground with a glass volume. Angled and sturdy steel columns protect the glass. On the garden side, the wooden volume forms a seven meter wide overhang. This overhang provides shade and frames the terrace forming a continuum of the interior, a space between in- and outside.

HILBERINKBOSCH wooden roof during construction july2009 20 600x450 House at the Edge of a Forrest \ HILBERINKBOSCH architects

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All the edges of the different volumes are made without any eaves, the material dissolves in the air. This reinforces the abstract appearance of the sculpture.

Just as a wanderer, caught in a thunderstorm, will seek shelter under a fallen tree, the inhabitants will find protection in this house.

+ About HILBERINKBOSCH architects

The various projects of HILBERINKBOSCH architects, ranging from private and project-based housing, offices, renovations and large-scale urban studies, are characterized by a conceptual approach. The base of all concepts is formed by a precise analysis of the history, the urban lot, function, requirements and potentials. Form, material and colour arises from this concept, representing the poetry of life.

The different aspects of study slowly grow into an actual building. The building becomes part of the poetry, part of the memory, it becomes meaningful.

We are passionately seeking for the smartest solution for complex cases.

+ Project facts

HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF A FORREST
Architect: HILBERINKBOSCH architects | www.hb-a.nl
Location: Heesch, The Netherlands
Square metres indoor: 300 m2
Start project: 2007
Completion: 2009
Photographer: René de Wit, Breda, The Netherlands (RdW)/ Paul Kozlowski, Paris (PK)

+ All images and drawings courtesy HILBERINKBOSCH architects | Photo by René de Wit + Paul Kozlowski

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  1. ????? says:

    The house is great. I love this design, Ukrainian architects, still studying and learning …