Twin apartment blocks, Blaricum
Black & white twins
BLARICUM (NL) - It seems that the Spanish architects Helena Casanova and Jesus Hernandez of Casanova+Hernandez architects have made a good choice to settle in Rotterdam in 2001. While many of their colleagues in Spain now hardly have work anymore, especially the younger generation, the architecture bureau has recently delivered an idiosyncratic residential building project in the Netherlands.
After the lime green residential building in Beekbergen, from 2011, this time it's two almost identical black and white blocks in a new residential area called 'the Blaricummermeent', located on the edge of the municipality of the same name. Unlike 'real' twins, the two residential buildings do not stand together, but rather on both sides of the New Blaricum suburb. The district, with a total of over 750 new homes, lies between the typical '70s labyrinthine district of Bijvanck and the vast Gooimeer (Gooi Lake). The twin black cubist 'urban villas', each four storeys high, stand in stark contrast to the many detached single-family homes with oblique (thatch) roofs. The northern block contains fifteen rental apartments while the southern block has fourteen apartments for sale.
Remarkable is the apparent randomness of the placement of the windows in the black brick facade. This was possible because the apartments are slightly different per floor, which also creates a diversity of housing types. A playful image is created by the visual linking of the windows located one above the other and the rear-facing balconies, in combination with a variation in the applied window sizes. The location of the windows is not only interesting from the outside, but also very accurate in terms of the interior design. In this regard, the living and sleeping areas have window areas that are either central or in other places, sometimes even entirely in the corner of the room. Because of this, a number of residences on higher floors have finely framed views over the flat Dutch polder landscape.
Monday | 21 May | 2012 | Netherlands | Emiel Lamers