Joustra Reid Architecten
Although the Netherlands is chock-a-block with housing that harks back to the modern, 'functionalist' architecture of the 1920s, few architects are willing to stick their neck out and reinterpret the rival faction of those years, the expressionist Amsterdam School. This house does just that, and convincingly too. Four curved timber trusses preside over the design. Visible throughout the interior, they bear aloft an enormous thatched roof three storeys high. A ground level enclosed in glass separates it from the more extensive brick basement half-tucked underground and containing the garage. Living spaces have a split-level arrangement half in the underground volume, half in the glazed portion between the thatched roof and brick plinth.