This country estate covers a full 7 hectares within the picturesque woods of Almen. The drive that serves as entry onto the estate is lined on both sides with forest thicket and opens up to reveal a spectacular view of the residence surrounded by orchards and a natural pond. In the distance, the wooded banks of the Berkel river line the horizon.
The project was completed in June 2004 after having undergone both intensive design and construction fases. Fokkema & Partners Architecten had been given the task of designing a spacious residence for an urban couple in search of countrylife. Extensive research into the typical building structures of the region took place prior to the design fase. This research highlighted certain archetypes: farm houses, covered haystacks and sheds form typical landmarks in the countryside. They have characteristic roof types such as a sloping saddle roof, classic 'schild' roof or 'mansarde' type roof (where each side of the roof is divided into 2 panels) all constructed in the traditional Dutch way. Each structure within the farm unit: farm house, haystack and shed has its own unique roof. Loose settings of farm units dot the countryside.
As a result, the view of the roof top silhouette changes according to the chosen vantage point. It is this dynamic characteristic of the regional landscape that formed the basis of the design of a unique, modern interpretation of the classical farm structure.