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.

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

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

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

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

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

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House Bierings
2007-2008

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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