Villa Hermans 01


Hippolytushoef, The Netherlands

Client: A. Hermans and M. Geurds
Size: 182m2
Plot size: 5410m2
Status: Completed
Typology: Private house
Discipline: Architecture and Urban Design integration

Villa Hermans near Hippolytushoef is located on the old island of Wieringen, less than 100m from the dike to the ‘Wadden Sea’. The island of Wieringen was linked to the mainland when the ‘Wieringermeerpolder’ was reclaimed in 1930. The island is still recognizable due to differences in height, the surrounding canal and deviating vegetation. The location of villa Hermans is like an oasis, free from the buildings between the fields and meadows and is bordered by rows of trees and shrubs. It is a natural area with many sea-, meadow- and migratory birds. We have designed the robust villa on this, traditionally ‘Wadden island’. A villa consisting of two shapes of different sizes, which are linked by a transparent body. The building bodies are brother and sister and give the impression of a deformed ‘stolp’. Ultimately, they are bodies that we don’t often encounter in this landscape as form. In one way they merge into the landscape and from the other side they repel the landscape, making both landscape and form recognizable. The steep roofs and facades are made of Corten steel. This rusted steel gives the character to this house. It is a place where there is always wind of salt air. The materialization underlines the ruggedness of the area and of the ‘Wadden Sea’. The transparent middle part is protected from the sun and the wind by large ‘Farmers doors’ made of untreated iroko wooden slats. The window frames are also made of

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