Housing festival Dedemsvaartweg

A sculptural residence

The Housing Festival in the Hague, on a master plan designed by OMA, involved construction on a narrow strip of roughly forty metres wide on one side of the Morgenstond housing estate. The urban design concept revolved around transparency: buildings, designed by different architects, were to be arranged as separate volumes with glimpses of greenery visible between them. Our design was for a very compact, blunt ‘tower’ as prescribed by the master plan. In fact it is not so much a tower as a solid piece of sculpture which somehow suggests a pigeon with ruffled feathers.
The building has a semi-submerged basement containing storage compartments, above which there are nine floors with four apartments each. The two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments are accessed via a central vestibule which contains the lifts and escape stairs. Every apartment as a living room at one outer corner of the building, thus enjoying a view in two directions. Steel balconies supported on struts are mounted on the corners. These feathery balconies give the building something birdlike but a little clumsy – the paradoxical charm of a young pigeon which has not yet taken its first flight.

Colofon

Den Haag, NL, 1999-2003
Housing

brief
Housing festival Dedemsvaartweg

architect
Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists

design
Marlies Rohmer

team
Simone van den Brink
René van der Horst
Martin Koster
Floris Hund
Sander Breur

client
Schouten de Jong Projectontwikkeling BV, Voorburg

urban plan
OMA, Rotterdam

building engineer
Adviesbureau Kaskon BV, Zoetermeer

photography
Ruben Schipper

design date
1999

completion
2001-2003

area 
BVO: 5.414 m2

 
 

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