The house is built on one of the 350 plots designated for construction by private builders (not
very common in the Netherlands), an initiative of Alderman Adri Duivesteijn, in the Homerus
quarter in Almere (near Amsterdam in the Netherlands). The “Herenhuis” plots, where extra high
ceiling clearance (3.5 m) was required at the ground floor level, are suitable for both residential
and work functions.
The assignment was to achieve a spacious home with downstairs a studio artist / exhibition space
and on the top floors housing. The principal, Rob Veening, had after having lived in Canada for
many years, expressed the wish that the house should not be minimally seized and narrow (like
many Dutch residences) but spacious, open and giving one a sense freedom of movement; a
dream assignment for space loving designers, with the added challenge of a very limited budget.
To save costs and to make the construction of such a large volume financially viable, a number,
some innovative, measures were taken.
finished it himself: stairs, insulation, interior finishes, interior walls, doors, equipment and
installation of the external cladding. Contractor Postma’s advantage is that in addition to their own
timber structure workshop they also produce their own windows and door frames. This eliminates
contractors traditional 10% surcharge cost over these items. It also gave a chance to make very
large window frames and doors (2.7m high) which could be realized without any fuss.
One of the most expensive items in a building budget is the facade which is usually the first item
that is reduced in ambition. This always has serious consequence for the architectural image.
From there came the radical proposal.
The municipality of Almere has C2C in high esteem and even drafted its “Almere Principles”! This
course offered a chance to see how much they really meant it and how much liberty they were
willing to give private clients. From this, cc studio developed the idea to try to produce the facade
from residual waste, using their contacts with the tent industry. The extremely durable, non-
combustible, residual material comes from rolls of PTFE (Teflon) coated fiberglass fabric, used in
the industrial manufacture of conveyors belts for the food industry. This special material was
completely sponsored by Verseidag-Indutex from Krefeld, Germany. The 5 m long rolls (about
1200m2 gross) were cut by the principal and cc-studio into strips and placed as overlapping
shingles and tacked on a backing of osb panels. The flexible material moves with wind, creating a
lively image. In the sidewall up to a height of 7 meters no pattern is applied due to possible future
building that must, by regulation, build up to a minimum height of 7 meters.
Through integrated design it was also possible to omit the traditional steel portal for stability. The
entire stability comes from stapled Fermacell (fiberboard) plates in the front, rear and side
downstairs is connected to the living room on the first floor trough one of the atriums. Therefore
the studio gets an extra window giving it more light deep into the studio.
In the middle of the building volume a central atrium with at the top a skylight was carved out,
visually connecting all the upper floors. A continuous internal space is the result which has a very
pleasant light quality and orientation. Additional advantage is that the study / TV room, top level
street side, does not need windows nor received them to save costs. Due to the split-level in the
front part of the living room the ceiling height reaches 4.5 m giving it a real mansion (“herenhuis”)
quality. The dimensions of the wooden doors 3.5 m wide x 2.7 m height contributes also to this
sense of space. But due to all those large measurements the scale of the building is quite difficult
to read and can only be measured by comparing it with the traditional sizes of the neighboring
Finally, the house has a lower energy requirement than demanded by law (A EPC required then
was 0.8, achieved 0.6) and also features a number of other sustainability features which made it
eligible for “Green” financing (a lower interest rate for sustainable building).
It was a special, very nice and close collaboration between client and designers that made the
best use of the, sometimes somewhat unconventional, opportunities.
address Zeussingel 41
1363 TM Almere
principal Mr. Rob Veening
design cc-studio & studiotx in collaboration with R. Veening (please always credit this way)
(www.cc-studio.nl; www.b29studios.nl www.robveening.nl)
structural engineer cc-studio
building physics consultant bureau Kent (www.bureau-kent.nl)
contractor & frame manufacturer bouwbedrijf Postma (www.bouwbedrijfpostma.nl)
facade material Verseidag-Indutex (www.verseidag.de)
photography John Lewis Marshall (www.johnlewismarshall.com)
photography (building phase) Beate Lendt (www.ximage.nl)
hull completion september 2010
interior completion juni 2011
plot size 168 m²
plot price € 48.000,-
gross floor area 190m2 floor + 30m2 vides + 31m2 roof terras
gross volume 1030m3
construction costs hull € 170.000,- incl. VAT
finishing and installations ± € 80.000,- incl. VAT
building system timber frame structure on a concrete foundation and concrete hollow core slab ground