According to the bourgeois of the agricultural landscape, the transformation of farmsteads exceeds the pioneering stage. Former farms are usually occupied by citizens, which creates new entrepreneurships that invest in the compounds as well as in new features, buildings, gardens and yard planting. In combination with the growing attention with respect to the quality and sustainability of the living environment, farmsteads offer new changes for careful cultivations within the landscape.
By realizing a collective live and working environment within the open structure of compound buildings, the ‘Herrekoul’ can be used to enhance the quality of the rural area. The starting point of the plan is focused on building according to the rules of the scenic landscape. Therefore, the new developments are planned within a half open landscape of plantation and cultivation and its coherent lines of the terraces and the agricultural fields.
The typology of the traditional farm is one that is difficult to connect with prevailing styles. It is an excellent utilitarian building whose character evolves from the corporate form and the conditions of the soil. The technical tradition has had a big influence on the characteristics of the farm typology. Since the first housing, people built with naturally derived materials such as silt and clay, which is visible in the beloved half-timbered farmhouses. Later on this has been translated into the use of regional, sustainable materials like brick, wood and ceramics. Since the application of these materials together with the most constructive and architectural element, the roof, characterize rural architecture, they should be an integral part of the planning area.
project type/ transformation farm location/ Einighausen, NL year/ 2011 client/ private status/ accepted, sold as original property