VMX designed 44 houses in the extension area know as Leidsche Rijn for project developer Edwin Oostmeijer. Lying adjacent to a school also designed by VMX, the project is seen as a refreshing oasis in a sea of retro brick family houses. The space formed by the arrangement of these two assignments functions as the main (only) central public space for this housing area. The design integrates two different housing types: one above and one below. This dual system is repeated over the three blocks. The entrances for all of the houses are situated on the ground floor, the living-room and kitchen of the house below is also situated on this level, which is adjacent to a private garden. The entrance of the house above type leads almost directly from the ground floor to the first floor. At this level both house types use half of the structural bay to create two bedrooms and a bathroom each. The upper house has its living room and kitchen on the second floor, connected to a large roof terrace with panoramic view. The above house type is 110 m2 and larger than the ones below which are 93 m2. All three housing blocks are slightly raised from the ground in order to create a distance from the sports fields and parking is placed on the backside close to the entrances. The three blocks vary in length, depending on their location, but are identical in setup. The outdoor spaces of the houses are surrounded by a fence in order to close them off from the sports fields. This fence also covers part of the side facades to form a second skin around the blocks. The living-room facades are completely glazed and have large sliding doors. The first floors are covered with prefabricated polyester-concrete sandwich panels, blue in colour with a clear broken glass topping.
|Client||Edwin Oostmeijer Projectontwikkeling|
|Location||Vleuterweide, Leidsche Rijn|
|Costs||3.8 million euros|