From a pre-stipulated form with pitch-roof, defined by the existing urban plan, sculptural “eyes” emerge with direct views to the different interesting elements in the 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 relation 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 on the ground-floor, experienced as a section in the compact volume of the house. After getting in 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 white stair seems to cut 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.


The project was finalist of the DUTCH DESIGN AWARDS:


Program | One-family house, ca 400 m2
Client | Fam. De Haas-Bierings
Construction | Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft
Contractor | De Hek bv, Giessen/Oudekerk
Photography | Christian Richters, Henny Rijmakers, Ana Rocha
Architecture | Ana Rocha and Michel Tombal (Rocha Tombal architecten) with Iwona Wozniakowska, Elena Vacas, Enrique Neira

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Press House Bierings, Utrecht:

Architecture in The Netherlands
Yearbook 2009/2010
NAi Publishers

“Bierings House“
De Architect
May 2009

“Huis Bierings in Utrecht, vreemd en toch vertrouwd”,
Marieke van Ouwerkerk

Algemeen Dagblad
16 October 2010
“Het is echt ons huis geworden”, Joelle Poortvliet

December 2009
“Diverse views towards the outside”

July/Aug. 2009
Huis Bierings
“Huisje, boompje” , Machteld Kors

Dec 2009-Jan 2010
“Huis Bierings”, David Keuning

Nov Dec 2009
“Huis Bierings”

NEO2 Spain
May 2010
“Atipico, A2 Aguas”, Tachy Mora

Architecture NOW! Houses 2
Taschen 2011
Philip Jodidio

Grand Designs
April 2011
“Eyes to the sky” by Luke Tebbutt and Kristina Raderschad

Schoner Wohnen, Austria
February 2011
“Auffallend” by Kristina Raderschad

October / November 2010
“Huis Bierings”, Ingeborg van Lieshout

October 2010
“Bierings House”, Kristina Raderschad

A&B, Architektura & Biznes
September 2010
“House bierings’, Agata Seredin

Pasajes Diseno
“Casa Bierings” , Ben Castroy

Look Lateral
March 2010
“House Bierings” , Azurra Macri

November 2009
“Wohnhaus Bierings in Utrecht”, Simone Hübener

Highlights / Velux
September 2009
“Stijlvol pronken tussen de bakstenen soortgenoten;
Fraaie Daglichtoplosssingen in Huis Bierings”