Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Project Year: 2016
Area: 50 m2
Photo: Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink
A unique place to live and work, “Rolf House” is located in the center of Utrecht, Netherlands, in the lush garden, which instantly creates a sound insulation from the noisy city.
The project was created by Rolf for himself, his girlfriend and their long-legged dogs from 2010 to 2016 in conjunction with the civil engineer Nike Wagemans.
From an office building in sculptural house and studio.
What makes this handmade house unique?
Former coach house, which is a shell “Rolf House” was built in 1895 in the garden of the house of a wealthy aristocrat, who is on a stately Maliebaan in Utrecht, Netherlands. In 1955, the lodge was built in the woods between the residences at the Maliebaan and coach house. Although originally intended as a temporary structure, the building stood for 57 years.
In 2008, when a large office building on Maliebaan have been converted into private houses, it is a wooden one-story office building remained abandoned and not used. In 2011, Rolf Bruggink bought this building, coach house and the surrounding area for the purpose of demolition of the former building. Destruction process was suspended to Bruggink, to build a new sculptural and functional structure of the coach house in the shell.
Coach House itself is a rectangular brick building 15 meters by 7 meters and 5.5 meters in height. 5 rafters carry the roof, which neatly divide the space into 6 equal bays. The design space is based on this simple design house, divided into three zones, each consisting of 2 compartments.
On the ground floor there’re sculptural living space houses, a separate kitchen, bathroom and technical space. Also there is a shower room, bedroom, dressing room and office with bathroom.
Independently formulation of a project goal was to use all the materials of the office building, leaving no waste. To achieve this, the Niek Wagemans’s designer skills were definitely useful.