What do you do when you want a modern home but are constrained by medieval mandates? Just hire a creative and talented group of architects that can modernize within the rules.
A couple from Maastricht, Netherlands wanted a home that suited their modern lifestyle, including their collection of vintage cars, but their location was between two historic buildings. The city’s rules state that any new constructions have to remain within the envelope of the pre-existing buildings. Wiel Arets Architecture (WAA) had the difficult task of figuring out how to give this couple the home they wanted, while staying within the rules of city. What they created is known as the V’ House, and it’s a masterpiece.
The team from WAA created a modern marvel surrounded by historic landmarks. The V’ House’s front doors not only opens both ways for easy access by foot, but retracts to allow entry for cars. Safety and privacy were key concerns, so the doors have no handles or keyholes, but are opened remotely by iPhone. In addition, the façade is designed with a gradient pattern of dots to ensure maximum privacy. The interior of the house steps away from the normal “stacked” format and is instead designed with ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ circulation paths throughout the house. The living room is suspended on two I-beams and allows their collection of Aston Martins to be parked just below. In addition, the home has a custom designed one-piece kitchen. The home’s concealed heating and cooling system, fluidly integrated storage areas, and various circulation routes give the interior of the house a very free and open feel. In short, the V’ House shows how creativity and imagination can create the most beautiful settings, even under the most medieval of rules.
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