Sometimes, old methods provide useful solution models for our modern problems. While many of us are familiar with a nuclear family unit at home, it wasn’t unusual in the past for multi-generational homes. This home in
The project consist of two independent accommodation areas stacked on top of the other, united by a central yellow
Multi-generational Living Concept
According to the varying needs of three generations, the house is split into two main living zones. The grandparents reside on the upper apartment floor, with a roof terrace boasting
Downstairs is occupied by a family with young children. The area includes an office, and the living room, which opens onto the garden so children can play outside. “It’s two fully independent houses that are intertwined with one another,” Auguste van Oppen, co-founder of
In addition to a lift, at the heart of the project is the bold
“Instead of reducing vertical circulation to a necessity, it occupies the heart of the building. Omnipresent as a sculptural element in the lower apartment, the system gradually transforms into a series of voids higher up in the building.” — BETA
Moreover, the central staircase serves to divide the accommodation into two parts; quieter towards the north, and more open with glass panels towards the garden.
The contrasting facades emphasize the gradient between open and closed space in the building’s plan. The southern facade is clad with triple glazed window frames and structured with free-form elements, opening up completely to a light-filled space by maximizing the connection with the outdoors. The north-facing walls are a predominantly closed facade, which helps to reduce thermal loss and prevents noise pollution from the busy main street.
Between these two facades, a gradual transformation transitions from the enclosed rooms in the north to the light-filled living spaces to the south. “In a near elementary detailing, the building communicates its composition, and materials communicate their purpose,” describe
With more adults moving back in to live with their parents, the need is growing for a home that can support multiple generations under one roof. This layout, which allows privacy for both households yet also offers them the proximity of family, is a great solution for many.
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