building physics adviser:
M+P Raadgevende Ingenieurs
The plan in question is part of a total reconstruction of the area around the Westerdreef in the centre of Lisse. A leading theme here was to flank as much of the Westerdreef as possible with a new façade wall, in order to improve the fragmented streetscape.
A lightly curved block with 19 townhouses has been placed on the available terrain to flank the Westerdreef. Behind these houses a parallel street was created to provide access to existing businesses and the 12 new-build patio houses.
The houses have a spacious terrace on the first floor, to compensate for the lack of a garden due to the limited depth of the plot. The living area, which has an open connection with the living kitchen on the ground floor, is located beside this terrace. The frontage is characterized by a recessed double-height entrance and a corner window on the living level. Behind the entrance, there is a double-height space where the staircase to the living level is immediately presented.
Due to the situation of the houses and the character of the surrounding buildings, the choice was made here for an introverted house type. Instead of a small garden, a high-quality patio was realized. Admittedly, the living space does not have much of a relationship with the surroundings, but it is given its special character because it is situated around the patio. In order to make the garage door of secondary importance visually, it has been recessed with respect to the frontage and is camouflaged by the wooden cladding, which is identical to the parapet of the bedroom situated above it. This creates the double-height indentation in the frontage that together with the corner window of the entrance determines the outward appearance of the house.