Telefoonstraat 2-34, Roosendaal
Atelier Kempe Thill
PUBLICATIONS:de Architect 2005-11; Atelier Kempe Thill. New prototypes for a global society, 2005
This row, gently angled halfway, of 17 up-to-date versions of the through-room terraced house is the modest built response to a competition for a 'house of the 21st century'. To this typical Dutch house type - a zone of utilities and a single open living space between front and back garden - the architects added two contemporary features: an all-glass skin for the living space and a void in the living space directly behind the front facade. This void can if desired be provided with a floor to enlarge the living area. The circulation zone of passage and stair has opaque glass cladding panels in aluminium frames, one of which is the front door. The simple floor plan combined with the uncustomary void is at once conventional and a spur to unconventional use.