elmo vermijs’ ‘skaeve huse’ are basic homes built on the outskirts of eindhoven, netherlands, at a distance from other houses for people who have difficulties living in residential areas. due to the frequent disputes created between neighbors, the underlying idea is that if they live under supervision, they can come to themselves and social frictions will disappear from the neighborhood.

elmo vermijs built ‘skaeve huse’ for people who have difficulties living in residential areas due to social frictions



in recent years, several skaeve huse have been built in the netherlands, always temporary, mostly in containers. the client wanted a permanent and energy-neutral design so that this vulnerable group could benefit from the homes in the long term. amsterdam based studio elmo vermijs‘ ‘skaeve huse’ is the first of its kind, being designed and built with these principles as a starting point.

this vulnerable sector learns from the project’s principles to reintegrate into the dutch community



studio elmo vermijs has designed both the houses and their surrounding public space of the ‘skaeve huse’. the residences are built on a former piece of forest on the edge of eindhoven. the trees already standing on this lot are the basis for the layout of the winding paths and the placement of the houses.

the design studio plans the houses and their surrounding public space



for the house design, the ‘skaeve’ (slanted) has been translated in various ways; overhanging outer sides, obliquely projecting window frames, and the archetype of two linked houses. each house has an entrance hall, living room with kitchen, and bathroom. the interior space is high, which makes the houses feel spacious despite the limited floor surface of 33m2. the multiple windows provide a lot of light, and due to their high placement there is enough privacy. the pallet of fresh and cheerful colors create diversity and gives each home a specific character.


skaeve huse
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the slanted design is expressed through overhanging outer sides and obliquely projecting window frames

the pallet of fresh colors create diversity and gives each home a specific character

the interior space is high, which makes the houses feel spacious despite the limited floor surface of 33m2

the trees already standing on this lot are the basis for the layout of the houses



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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom


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