The clients selected a site to build on in Netersel, a typical village in the province of Brabant. Of the four available sites the one on the edge with the best view over the open landscape was selected.
To start the design process of this single-floor villa 5 architectural typologies were analysed. The patio typology proved to be the right typology according to the brief in terms of the spatial and aesthetic qualities within the financial frame.
Besides the obvious indoor and outdoor space, the patio provides an enclosed in-between space. For optimal natural illumination and privacy at the same time, the dimensions and orientation of the patio are meticulously determined and the adjacent facades with the veranda are carefully designed.
With the patio as a central point, the passage is draped around it to connect and organise all the spaces. The passage is over-dimensioned by which it gains quality and aesthetic value instead of being just a space for circulation.
The visible construction plays an important role in the aesthetics of the interior; they give each room a specific atmosphere. In the living room for example timber beams filter the daylight falling into the space through the dormer windows. In the kitchen similar timber beams accentuate that the grid changes: it is put under an angle compared with the main grid. Because of this angle the volume of the kitchen becomes the cornerstone of the house by which it anchors on the site. It also determines the position and shape of the garage and the access route.
The facades have a solid concrete base and on top a light timber frame with wooden cladding. The cladding continues and covers the underside and sides of the veranda. At the corners of the veranda the cut emphasises the corner. In contrast to the wood, black aluminium window frames give the house a more modern appearance. As whole, the Patio House is a comfortable house with only one floor that organises the daily life around a nice light patio.