What if your husband is classic and you are modern? If he likes rustic detail and you like minimalism? Then what you get is a house with character and exciting (seeming ) contradictions! The facade of this spacious house is characterized by four huge black -framed portals each containing a single 6-metre high sheet of glass. The balustrade of the balcony above the front door (left) continues into the house to protect the vide in front of the windows, and the runs out of the house again on the right side where it encircles the terrace on the veranda. This zinc-clad ribbon gives the facade its human measure. At the back the stark verticality of the facade has been exchanged for horziontality. Large sheets of glass between 80 cm square columns and 20-cm wide horizontal slats give the same boldness,but with a much more open character towards the garden. This surprisingly different exterior has repercussions on the interior: the stately 'Cannes effect has become loungey 'St. Tropez'
It Seldom happens that a client is so well-informed about all that is new in the world, knows so precisely what she wants to do with it, and is so sure of what she thinks about it: The lady of this house is a woman of the world with the highest quality requirements. For me, as architect, that meant that this assignment was a huge challenge: you don't find many clients that incorporate the function of sounding-board and source of inspiration to such a degree! A Project in which I did not have to explain how important the tiniest details would be for the final result, and in which i had no difficulty in making the rigorous proposal to remove al large number of inside walls, to fit a large glass roof and to hang the master bedroom in space like a bridge. Thanks tot these last steps the 4 meters high living room became 8 meters high at some places and the area was given a huge infusion of light from above. An assignment in which the final styling and interior design could not be in better hands than those of the lady of the house herself,a and in which the architecture was continuously adjusted by that same client. Wonderful to be able to translate such strong characteristic into a project and to see those qualities in the end product reflecting great respect for my architecture.
If clients put their heart an soul into getting the best results and have a eye for detail, the architect does not have to worry about the final result. The 'house on the corner' had been for sale for quite some time and was generally viewed by the neighborhood as a bit of an odd man out. 'There really wasn't much you could do with it'. Yellow brick and dark oak frills: a terse house. By putting up two long garden walls combined with a wing on the right side, the composition of the house was changed dramatically. The house was no longer a isolated object an began to merge with its surroundings. A large entrance structure was also added which gives a vertical accent and ensures that the house is in harmony with the verticality of the trees. The house has un unpretentious aura, and that simplicity becomes it very well. An elegant and subtle residence was created through perfect teamwork with the clients. The house couldn't care less about fashion and because of that shows all the more character
For a lengthy period clients, architect an later the contactor, form a team. In this case the client was also the construction supervisor and, fortunately, a perfectionist! Initially, the owners of this house in the country wanted a smart white Villa. But their plot was situated in a lane full of ling-fronted farmhouses. For my design I opted for a C-shaped, elongated black wood volume that sticks straight through the grey construction component ( inspired by the farmhouses)/ In the first draft this grey component had a thatched roof, but this was rejected by the building committee. Building committees still tend to think in terms of type of building and not of new combinations. In this case they felt that a pent roof should not be thatched. And in Holland they have the final say. Fortunately, the owners thought that zinc roof would also be perfect. And although that means that the design has moved away from its surroundings, it does form an attractive whole together withe the neighboring house on the right. The interior of the house is split-level,so that the living room is higher than the garden and the children's bedrooms in the basement are connected to the living room by way of the playroom level.
is an architect who combines a sensitive understanding of the past with a passion for innovation. He draws on the very best from his own Dutch heritage – an appreciation of Rembrandt’s use of light, for instance – and fuses it with the sound architectural principles of acknowledged masters from Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, adding along the way his own unique approach. The result? Unpredictable yet harmonious spaces that are at home anywhere in the world.
Manders believes that a considered respect for light, shadow and the ways in which nature influences our environment is the key to the success of his designs. He makes frequent use of glass in a way that connects the inside with the outside. Similarly, the natural materials he chooses to work with often reveal the ways in which they have been produced - wood may still bear the tooth marks of a saw, for example, while a stone tile may have an imprint of the tool used to quarry or polish it. Such details, Manders believes, preserve the authenticity of any space. His pioneering approaches, which will be dis- cussed in the following pages, embrace the seamlessness of his style: ribbon architecture, and the wholly new vistas afforded by diagonalism. By designing spaces in which planes are shifted, extraneous detail is hidden and new vantage points are revealed, he creates homes that are both restful and energising. Such principles – utilising good design for good living – are embodied in his approach to 21st century architecture.
"Een tuinmuur loopt naar binnen toe over in een dragende muur van het huis, waarbij die muur omhoog golft en opgaat in het dak, aan de andere kant omlaag loopt en overgaat in nog een dragende muur en, uiteindelijk, ombuigt en overgaat in de binnenvloer van het gebouw. Zulke archtecturale 'linten' kunnen in elkaar verstrengelen maar kunnen ook vergezeld gaan van 'linten' van glas zodat zo veel mogelijk licht het gebouw binnenvalt."
Binnen dit concept van het architecturale steeds doorlopende lint, ontwierp ik de deurklinkenlijn voor Formani. Bij de BM100 maakt het 'lint', hier gemaakt van stoer roestvrij staal met verzachte hoeken, een eenvoudige lus en dekt tevens het technische gedeelte van de klink -dat zich in de deur bevindt- af. Dit samen met het feit dat het draaipunt van de klink niet gelijk loopt met welk rvs onderdeel dan ook, zorgt er voor dat deze in eerste opzicht zo eenvoudige deurklink, eigenlijk een erg technisch hoogstandje blijkt te zijn !
Mijn doel is om bij het gebruik van een huis de aandacht te trekken door eenvoudige dingen als een deurklink, de uitblinken door raffinement. Formani is een bedrijf dat door de jaren zoveel tecnische kennis wist te vergaren, dat de BM100 niet alleen een technisch hoogstandje is, maar ook jarenlang functioneren kan worden gewaarborgd.
The 'Tough and Butch' Collection of doors designed for Bod'or
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The Door Collection with small thin Ribbons ( 1 or 2 ) on a door with or without the Bob Manders Formani Doorhandle