Designed by a local architect for a contractor, the Riel Estate fuses modern design with traditional construction materials.
Masonry construction is ubiquitious in the Brabant region of the Netherlands. However the client behind this home, himeself a contractor and builder, wanted a modern twist on that time-honored solid construction. Joris Verhoeven Architectuur delivered this assymetrically gabled home, titled the Riel Estate, that plaufully reconsiders what the humble brick can do in modern construction.
The bricks were locally sourced from the surrounding Brabant region. While gabled structures such as this are a common sight, the Riel Estate's lopsided roof sets it apart.
It's traditional among homes in the region to enter through their backdoor, seen here. The door leads directly to the living room.
Just outside the entrance, the conventional masonry construction transforms from wall to ceiling, thereby creating a sheltered patio space.
The living room opens to the backyard thanks to a large sliding glass door.
The staircase divides the house in two, separating the kitchen from the other living spaces. A large skylight lets in ample illumination.