atelier van wengerden maximizes site in almere rebel house atelier van wengerden maximizes site in almere rebel house
feb 05, 2014

atelier van wengerden maximizes site in almere rebel house

atelier van wengerden maximizes site in almere rebel house
images © yvonne brandwijk
all images courtesy of atelier van wengerden




the ‘rebel house’ designed by amsterdam-based studio atelier van wengerden is situated in almere, the netherlands where parcels were made available for people to build their own homes. this particular piece of land was titled, ‘ik bouw in mijn tuin’, which means, ‘I build in my garden’. the available space was fairly tight, measuring just 9x8m with an allowed height of 3.7m. working with a limited budget and other restricting factors such as, proximity to the site boundaries and a low maintenance shelter, the detached house still manages to offer views and light-filled spaces on all sides.


the distinctive geometry incorporates a butterfly roof and an exterior clad in corrugated aluminum sheeting. the cost effective and robust structure has indentations in the façades, enabling the volume to be opened outwards to the east with an entrance awning on the west. in contrast to the image of a shiny box on the outside, the interior is constructed using timer to create a warm and comforting atmosphere.



the detached house manages to fit into the site’s tight parameters



the rooms consists of a bathroom, cloakroom cupboard, cabinets, wardrobe and even a guest bed, with a sliding door to separate the living and sleeping areas. during the summer months, the hidden double doors can be opened out to the garden, while the triangular, aluminum shed in the back creates more privacy at this end.


the cost effective and robust structure has indentations in the sides


detail of the corrugated aluminum sheeting used on the exterior






floor plan 



project info:


program: detached house
gross floor area: 72m2 + 5m2 (shed)
design & coordination: jacco van wengerden, gijs baks
collaborators: milda grabauskaite
structural engineer: ingenieursbureau man, amsterdam
contractor: van berkel aannemers, leimuiden
interior fit-out: thomas meubels, amsterdam
status: commenced april 2012, completed november 2013
photography: yvonne brandwijk



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  • Nice little studio shelter. Would not recommend unfinished plywood counter tops.

    mArkW says:

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