Agaathhof, in the heart of Groningen, consists of 17 modern town houses set around a green communal courtyard. The project is inspired by the courtyard ‘hofjes’, as they are called in Groningen, otherwise known as guest houses. In terms of form, composition, detailing and use of materials, the modern courtyard connects naturally with the existing historical street pattern and surrounding architecture. It offers residents an oasis of peace in the busy city centre.
The houses and courtyard have been raised 1.5 metres above street level, creating space for a parking garage, a bicycle shed and storage rooms. The houses are divided over three different building blocks. The two end houses define the façade view from Lutkenieuwstraat. With an extra floor with a pitched roof, they accentuate the courtyard.
All the houses have basically the same structure. Within this structure, a flexible layout is enabled, and the layout is tailored to the residents’ specific living requirements. An unusual spatial element in the houses is the void at the front, which connects the ground floor with the first floor.
- Groningen, NL
- 4.350 m²
- Rottinghuis / Beauvast
- Harry Cock
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