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Monadnock has created a three-storey house of clarity, rigour and poetic flourishes on a Dutch woodland estate, writes Hugh Strange
Project Atlas House
On the very outskirts of the Dutch city of Eindhoven, Atlas House, designed by Rotterdam-based architect Monadnock, appears almost fairytale-like in its edge-of-forest setting. The adjacent woodlands are part of a large rural estate previously owned by the Philips company which, though established and historically based in Eindhoven, is now gradually moving both production and offices away from the city. As a result, vast swaths of land around the city are being freed up and re-appropriated, including a stretch to the south of the centre, on which the new house stands. While the majority of the building here is being constructed with developer-led schemes, the thin strip directly adjacent to the woods has been allocated for sale as individual plots for private houses. The client’s site is located within this slither and in order to maximise its garden – though clearly also for the delight of a tower-like form on this particular site – the house has been arranged on three floors, rather than the prevalent two of its neighbours.
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