The house is connected to an old bakery in half-timbered style and is situated next to an old half-timbered farm which is a listed building.

The design required necessary caution.

The overall appearance of the main building is that of a typical South Limburg house but with modern detailing.

A hybrid approach using classical materials such as fired clay bricks and oak frames with contemporary design was agreed. The main objective of the design was to achieve extraordinary energy saving using only natural measures (to prevent energy loss). The walls of the timber-frame building are relatively thin even with 200mm insulation.

A demand driven ventilation system with CO2 and RV sensors was installed. The brief required a floor area of 200m² on a relatively small plot. Although the permitted building height was sufficient, the corpus of the building was partly sunk into the ground due to the neighbouring buildings, resulting in a split level house which made innovative use of the existing slope of the plot.


‘Old and New Construction in Noorbeek’