1981 – Van V. House

Like the other early houses of Dam & Partners Architecten, the Van V. House displays a marked difference in the treatment of front and rear facades. The house is geared to its occupants, protecting them from the world outside. Erected in concrete block, the house has a massive front and a transparent rear facade. Fanning out from the top lit raised hall in the centre of the building are four wings, each containing an autonomous component of the house. One is based on a module of four by five meters, and consists of four of these squares, in which are the guest room, washroom, cloakroom, and toilet and kitchen. The remaining wings each comprise a single square: the study is five by five meters, the bedroom six by six and the living room seven by seven. Kitchen, study, bedroom and living room can be combined or set apart by means of sliding partitions. Through the load-bearing steel columns placed diagonally in the room, and the slightly skewed fireplace, the living room is visually divided into two triangles. The glazed partitions of the living room have an unusual shape through being set back , and through the semi-circular awning crowning this volume. The link with outdoors is effected by extending the tiling of the patio into the house and by enabling the corner sections of the facade glazing to be partially slid away. The composition of the squares combined with the extended outer walls create a sheltered terrace at the rear of the house.