Due to the demolition of several old hangars a unique parcel became vacant in Oud-Empel. Oud-Empel is a small village located along the slope on the river Maas. The dam divides the village into two parts: the dangerous sea front, where the houses of the workers and a narrow protected side with large farms and small factories and where notables lived.
In this historical context, four new volumes are scattered loosely on the protected site. The volumes are a characteristic historical composition or a Court of a brick house farm with barns. But rather a farm run the Barnyard has a residential function.
As in other local agricultural sites the main brick house is directly linked to the street marking the entrance to the village. The floor of this House plan is based on a classic, composed of centralized entry, housing a grand hall and majestic staircase. Two large chimneys to confirm the image of a large House.
A site is set aside the House and provides access to volumes of the Grange, is an intermediary between the village and the houses of the barn. A barn faces the street, while the other is parallel to the street and slightly sunken in the slope of the dam.
The fourth volume is located at the foot of the dyke, invisible from the main road. This House is two volumes closer: cooking glass a more closed volume which houses the private duties, such as sleeping and bathing and a volume which contains the space of life and outgoing.
Mientras brick main house is more exuberant, in view of its materials, barns are efficient in terms of aesthetic and have a subtle modern use and describing historical documents. The volumes are characterized by large, low eaves and moderate heights roof surfaces. Traditional wooden farms provide spaces open to the Interior and the issuance of time even a modern interpretation of a historic building.
This firm contemporary garden is an archetype of new but recognizable, linking to the 21st century in this historic village.