- Architecture & development
With this renovation of two wooden bungalows, Studio Asker balances between old glory and a modern twist. In Residential S10, original elements are celebrated in harmony with contemporary materials, furniture and a sophisticated colour palette.
Residential S10 consists of two wooden bungalows and is a former studio house that was built in 1964, commissioned by the Dutch artist Willem G. Van der Hulst, known as painter and sculptor. The commission included the realisation of a recreational house with a guesthouse that could be permanently inhabited in the future. Completely surrounded by woods and polder landscape, and with a swimming pond all around, it forms an island with breathtaking views. The layout of both residences could largely be retained, as the internal structure was already a good basis for the new function. Furthermore, the interior was emptied almost to the hull. An important intervention was the removal of a few walls around the entrance of the main residence, which opened up the entire space and created a logical circulation. Upon entering, you are now immediately surprised by a fantastic panorama of the landscape. For the floors and ceilings, a quality oak wood without knots was chosen as a peaceful basis for the house. Finished with a matt varnish and in slightly wider planks than usual. The equal finish of floor and ceiling create a secure and intimate feeling of space. The spaciousness is experienced horizontally and directed to the outside. In the living area, horizontally cantilevered windows - framing the view as if it were a work of art. The use of a light rail with directional spotlights in this space emphasises these 'works of art' as a subtle hint to the original artist's home and reinforces the feeling that the surrounding landscape is primary. Contrast with the warm wood is created by blue stone, soft grey lime paint from L'authentique and light pine wall coverings.
Pure simple lines in functionality of the furniture.
The wooden wall coverings are placed as continuous panels to minimise vertical lines and are finished with an addition of white pigment to soften the intensity. This gives the living area an even background with the look of a Scandinavian holiday home. The selection of furniture is in line with the aesthetic principles of the house. Everything is kept pure and simple, with attention to function, craftsmanship and quality of materials. Examples are the coffee table and armchairs by Studio Haos, the coffee table by Linteloo, the dining table by HEM, chairs by Brdr. Krüger and Carl Hansen & Søn, a bathtub by Woodio and custom-made furniture by Woodchuck in the children's rooms. Most of the furniture is lounge, looks low to the ground and has been kept the same in colour and material as the interior. Humble and modest, meant to relax.
Photography by Mart Goossens