The design for a vacant lot in the heart of the village Uithuizen resonates with the nationwide plan to build inside urban borders, to strengthen town centres, and, as such, to preserve the countryside. For a young target group, LEVS has made a contemporary design, still fitting its surroundings.
The new start-up homes are situated in a street with housing, shops, and catering establishments. The plan is integrated in a context of mixed housing styles, such as a typical farmhouse, 1930s style houses, and prominent mansions. The project consists of two volumes that, staggered with respect to each other, follow the building line of the street.
The design is inspired on the traditional, stately buildings of Uithuizen, with two stories and a roof cowl. The red brick, anthracite-coloured roof tiles, and white window frames signify the use of regional materials. Still, the horizontal steel beamers and the expressive façade with offset frames give the building a modern appearance with a refined finish.