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Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

Netherlands Architecture News - Oct 18, 2020 - 12:23   3516 views

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

A former garage in the Utrecht neighbourhood Wittevrouwen, the Netherlands, is transformed into a timber residence clad in a cortensteel façade. The design is made by Zecc architects

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

The main concept was to translate the working-class Dutch house characteristics through the cortensteel material. The abstraction and material of the residence make it stand out, but still connects with the surrounding buildings through the form, composition and the level of detail.

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

Another important feature of the design is the connection to the craftmanship, which is a key characteristic of the district. The discoloration of the cortensteel refers to the Dutch brick. The client of the design is a steel artist in Utrecht – Staalstudio – which made the choice for the façade material even more logical.

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

The design was made in close collaboration with the clients, not only in terms of the cortensteel façade, but the clients have handcrafted most elements of its construction themselves.

The openings in the façade have been designed by referencing the former structure of the building. On the first floor is a small loggia, connecting the living area to the street level. The bathroom has a cantilevered dormer with a closed surface, allowing light into the bathroom through a narrow gap, providing privacy.

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

The interior is made out of oak and forms one piece of furniture, divided over three floors. The stairs and cupboards are in fact a vertical element connecting the different levels. Rooflights and the patio result in a very light interior.

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

Zecc architects present the Steel Craft House in Utrecht

Project information

Client: Roland Manders and Hanne Caspersen

Architect: Zecc architecten

Area: 95m2

Projectteam: Marnix van der Meer, Roy van Maarseveen

Façade: Staalstudio (Roland Manders)

Project design and realization: 2010-2020

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

All images courtesy of Stijnstijl Fotografie

> via Zecc Architecten (in Dutch)