Daylight Award for Tim de Graags ‘House 20×3’ in Zierikzee (NL)

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House 20×3 of young Dutch architect Tim de Graag has been rewarded the 2016 Daylight Award . Two rooflights of Glazing Vision were part of the concept.

The jury praised the thoughtful approach on the existing section and appreciated the clever routing, the sightline all the way through the building and the position, size and proportion of the rooflights. “Architecturally seen it created extraordinary and subtle differences in light and shadow in the heart of the house”.

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Rooflight brings daylight in narrow 18th century Dutch house

The architect completed the transformation of the narrow 18th century house in the South West of Holland earlier this year. It features a sophisticated daylight concept, an open floor plan and a minimal oak interior.

The building lost its historical interior during the Seventies. Almost forty years later, due to its extremely narrow floor plan, it turned out to be unsellable. In 2015 it found a new owner, after four years of vacancy. The question then arose on how an historical shell just 3 meters wide could be transformed into a contemporary and pleasant residence.

“ I approached this challenge researching other narrow buildings in the region. Many of those are characterized by long dark corridors, poor privacy caused by the ground floor windows facing the street and a lack of daylight in the core of the house. In many plans the length of the building becomes more of a disadvantage. With House 20×3 I tried to break with this.”

Daylight Award FlushglazeHouse 20x3 in Zierikzee

Spacious and light: increase of daylight with rooflight Glazing Vision

In order to obtain a spacious, light and calm interior, the floor plan has been carefully shaped around the need to increase daylight, improve ventilation and insulation within a reasonable budget. The result is a clean, spacious building with relaxing spaces and a subtle interaction between the natural light coming from the roof windows and the smooth white stucco of the walls.

Daylight Award Flushglaze

Daylight Award Flushglaze

Floor plan: staircase connects four floor levels

The main entrance is through double glass doors in black steel, bringing daylight into the studio located in the multifunctional corridor on the ground floor. The living room is moved to the first floor in order to benefit from the great view on the historical harbor. The kitchen is on the lowest floor of the split-level residence, and the light that comes from the glass door overlooking a small garden compliments the minimal, custom-made oak furniture. The master and guest bedrooms are one floor up above the kitchen. An oak T-shaped staircase with black balustrade smoothly connects the four different floor levels.

Daylight Award Flushglaze Architect brengt licht in monumentaal pand

Rooflights for a brighter interior and ventilation

One of the biggest challenges of this project was the lack of daylight in the building. To achieve a brighter interior the architect introduced an axis straight through the heart of the building. This sightline improves the relationship with the surrounding as well as the interaction of spaces within the building, without compromising on privacy.

Two roof lights have been strategically placed above this sightline in order to increase the amount of daylight, but at the same time minimize the impact of the sun heat in summer. The roof lights are used to ventilate the building as well.

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Drawings

Daylight Award Flushglaze Tekeningen House 20x3

Daylight Award FlushglazeTekeningen House 20x3

Daylight Award FlushglazeTekeningen House 20x3

Daylight Award FlushglazeTekeningen House 20x3

More project pictures

Daylight Award Flushglaze brengt daglicht in keuken

Daylight Award Flushglaze Rooflight lichtstraat brengt daglicht in huis

Daylight Award Flushglaze Rooflight lichtstraat brengt daglicht in huis

 

Daylight Award Flushglaze Architect Tim de Graag brengt licht in huis

Daylight Award Flushglaze - Tim de Graag

 

 

Daylight Award Flushglaze lichtstraat

 

Daylight Award Flushglaze lichtstraat geeft daglicht in keuken

Daylight Award Flushglaze lichtstraat brengt licht in keuken

Daylight Award Flushglaze daklicht

Daylight Award Flushglaze lichtstraat

 

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