Contemporary Dutch Housing by XVW Architectuur

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Parkvilla Brederodefacilitating the individualisation of homes through flexibility of apartment plan lay-outs

The architects of the Mies van der Rohe Award winning Kleiburg housing project – a pioneering reuse scheme – have adopted similar thinking regarding the individualisation of homes but on a wholly contemporary residential scheme in Bloemendaal, North Holland.

© Stijn Poelstra
The Site 

The studio’s design for a three-storey apartment building – Parkvilla Brederode – responds to its beautiful parkland setting designed by the renowned 19th century Dutch architect Jan David Zocher.  Its positioning is strategically placed in relation to two nearby historic buildings to create a group of cornerstone buildings within the park that together make for a cohesive whole.
Nature Facing

In section, the volume of the building is broken down by cantilevering the levels with open air balconies protruding over floors and embracing views of the surrounding greenery. This greatly enhances the relationship of the architecture with the surrounding park.The materials too are contextual juxtaposing sand-colored concrete with earthen coloured masonry.
About XVW Architectuur:

Founded by Xander Vermeulen Windsant in 2010, XVW Architectuur is an Amsterdam based studio focussed on the social purpose of architecture. After winning the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2017, XVW has become recognised for a “bottom up” approach to design that engages with the public revealing and nurturing the identity of a place rather than imposing a new one. 

The practice’s portfolio includes projects ranging from innovative approaches to housing to large scale masterplanning and transportation projects.  The architects are interested in implementing investigative research as part of the design process but are also very hands-on focussing on how technical solutions are part of a wider social response that give shape to XVW’s architecture.

As Xander Vermeulen Windsant says: “I do not know better than being an architect. And for me the design is only ‘finished’ when the project has been built: then the building has become an architecture.”


Client · Vink Bouw, Ontwerpjewoning, XVW
Function · 8 apartments
Location · Bloemendaal, NL
Date · 2021
Status · Completed
M² · 1800
Design Team · Xander Vermeulen Windsant, Patrick Wozniak
Consultants · Pieters Bouwtechniek, Fore, LBP
Type of commission · Direct
Method of construction · Concrete slabs on steel/concrete columns, brickwork facades and anodized aluminium windows

Photographer · Stijn Poelstra

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