Two-family House (or 'Double
124 a/b Koningslaan
Bjarne Mastenbroek and MVRDV
As the name of this project
suggests, the house is designed for two families. Originally, it was meant
for two business people but due to financial constraints, they found
another couple to pool their resources in order to make this project
possible. Instead of simply splitting the site into halves for each of the
two families, the architects designed the houses to be interlocked
together three-dimensionally in order to have bigger living spaces that
almost stretch across the entire width of the site.
One of the living rooms occupies
the entire first floor while the other occupies the second floor. Both
families have equal views of the exterior from their living room and both
have their own entrances, one at the front of the building and one at the
side. Although the families get their own spaces within the house, the
garden at the back of the house is shared.
Due to budget restrictions, the
exterior of the house is clad with plywood. With time, the house's
exterior reddish brown color that appears in most of the magazines and
books fades away into a grayish brown. This may have been caused by lack
of maintenance and the wear and tear by Mother Nature. The rest of the
material for the exterior is glass.
The way the architects located
the glass and wood panels defines the space within by using glass for more
communal spaces and having wood panels to hide the more private
Wilma Kwan 2003,
How to visit
The house is located on Koningslaan
which is on the way to the Schroder
house from central station. Either take Bus 3 to Meklenburglaan or if
biking from the central train station, head east towards Wilhelmina Park.
Once you go through the park, make a right turn onto Koningslaan and it is
not too far before you will see the house on your left hand side.
This is a private residence; it
is not open to public. The exterior can be viewed from the small park
across the street from the house.
Books and other web
Excellent pictures of the
interior of the house can be found at MVRDV's website at
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