House Bierings by Rocha Tombal



Architectural photography agency VIEW have sent us these photos by Christian Richters of a wooden house in Utrecht, Netherlands, by Amsterdam architects Rocha Tombal.


Called House Bierings, the timber-clad building has different shaped windows protruding from it's surfaces at various angles on all sides.


A deep porch leads through the entrance hall to a kitchen with a large glass window overlooking the garden.


Each window is positioned to obscure views of neighbouring buildings and frame views of the countryside beyond.


Photos are copyright Christian Richters/VIEW and used with permision.


Here's some more information about the house from Rocha Tombal's website:


House Bierings

From a basic form, defined by the municipal urban plan, sculptural “eyes” emerge with direct views to the varied countryside landscape.


The form and orientation of the building avoid visual contact with the adjacent houses: at the ground floor the angled ceiling of the kitchen accentuates the intensive contact with the garden.


On the first floor, the different shaped openings in the roof and façade offer, like “fingers of light”, varied daylight experiences.


The routing through the house starts in the hall, a section of the ground floor volume.


After experiencing the entrance area and passing the gigantic pivoted door, the visitor arrives at the “heart of the house”, the kitchen.


Here he looks through the big glass wall straight into the garden, which suggests being outside again.


Behind him, the stair cuts a wooden wall inviting to follow the route towards the first floor.


Its angled form and extreme proportions (small and high) and the daylight entering from the ceiling, offer the feeling of walking in a medieval street.


At the end of it he discovers the living room, a quiet, north-lighted attic space, from which a big opening exposes the surrounding green like in a framed painting.








Posted on Tuesday September 8th 2009 at 12:03 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • bueso

    incredible !!!!

  • scruces

    WOW great job

  • deaw

    wow this is nice! would like to see floor plans :)

  • neuhaus

    I want to live there!

  • david

    SEXY! What sh!t-hot detailing!!

  • respekt


  • Latvian

    It is really beautiful!

  • mariusz

    I like wood, big windows and clear, light interiors. Fine house:)

  • graeme

    wow beautiful project – well done.

  • g

    fantastic and to echo previous comments, great detailing, but please could we have some construction details and plans?

  • hj

    what a pity that the residents themselves can not enjoy their view as the neighbours do. beautiful project!

  • Peter

    WOW!! Wonderfully put together, a stunning design, and clearly thought out… Ana Rocha and Michel Tombal; both the most talented people I worked with while I was a student at Mecanoo, now 10 years ago. I am so pleased to see them making their own way. Watch out for them, I am positive they will be creating some of the most outstanding work in the Netherlands in years to come. Bravo!

  • I Can Has Cheeseburger

    luv the sharp crispy line.

  • mario

    well done Iwona! excellent job!


    Wonderfully WoWWWW

  • famul

    Love the interior.

  • I’m surprised it is dutch and not swiss… Great design anyway. Personally I may have made a little bit less openings on the entrance facade… but I’m very picky :)

  • Nadine

    only one thing: the opening window frames are thick and brown outside, though the rest of the frames are white or invisible, why`?

  • Isabelle

    lovin this

  • great & clean job! I guess now we want to see some detail drawings…

  • just stunningly beautiful: all show and a lot of substance

  • Superb!

  • Amazing finishing

  • m


    hmmm … I’d say this is as dutch as it gets nowadays …

    plans can be found here:

  • asuf

    The alienated object is getting tedious isn’t it?

    I admit that I was interested in the whole uncanny thing for a while but it is a dead end isn’t it.

    A silly short lived joke not really any different from flying saucer shaped buildings. It’s ironic, post modern and in the end boring.

  • derma

    I’m at a loss for words…

  • münte

    its a pearl from outside. just beatuiful. but for a place to live in, the inside is too perfect. i won´t feel well. i would feel like a foreign body wich destroys the perfectly arranged interiors.

    i would love to be his neighboor :)

  • ping

    Wonderful! pure and quiet.

  • Spiral Architect

    really cool design! both exterior and interior

  • paulo

    well, münte, you can always break something or take some wall off.
    I agree with you anyways. It´s over designed for my taste. But usually this is what happens in this kind of projects and the way they are showed in this sites. too perfect.
    Great job also!

  • X

    Beauty, beauty…

  • rené

    not for living

  • Bruno

    I would say dutch shell design meets portuguese detailing and light sensitivity

  • Nacho

    Sometimes architecture seems easy and looks beautiful.

    to rene: What do you mean by not for living? I would love to live there.

  • THN


  • im on asuf’s side.

  • Wonderful exterior….How would I reach the books from the top shelf?? Great table furniture from MDFItalia and storage solutions in the bedrooms – concealed and visible.

  • Ioana

    Amazing!! This is a house i would simply love to live in.

  • This is a really nice house!

    Not as birght as i thought it would be, cut is ‘cosy’ and must feel warm

  • Sempre

    Love the architecture! Ana Rocha giving the portuguese routes a new meaning! Congratulations!

  • Shy

    love it! the sculpting of light within the space and the strong geometric forms makes it really stunning.

  • for all: if you like it so much, you guys must go to Vorarlberg county – Austria and sorroundings from Switzerland – you’ll have enough – for local architecs this way of doing is a (contemporary) pattern…Peter Zumthor do not come from scratch..
    …and , surprisingly, see the Great Award of Romanian Architecture from 2008’s Romanian Architectural Bienalle and also some Czeh contemporary wooden architecture.
    is very enjoiable..

  • chunz

    love to see the plan if there is??????

  • j

    so nice, what lovely light

  • Superb Architectural DETAIL gives SMALL HOUSE big bang. Vertical wood siding climbs exterior neatly! Interior design has as much pizazz as the outside. Overall a succinct and original piece of art in the form of a home! Can I have a duplicate for my yard, please?

  • Isa

    anyone knows what the floor finish is? thanks

  • Alex

    The whole project – interior and exterior design – is too minimalistic for my taste. But I really loved the bookshelves. Can anyone tell me how they can stand all this weight? How are they mounted on the wall? Where can I find them? Thank you.

  • nhung

    beautyfull and beautyfull… house Bierings for me feeling clean and cool. well! I love here.
    only one thing,no premises roof , thanks!

  • What happens when it rains?

    • Birgitte

      I also wonder about this. What happens on the horizontal roofs of the protruding windows when it rains? Will it just sit on the wood and go into the facades?