Architecture and design studio mecanoo recently completed a very interesting project in Vught, The Netherlands. They managed to come up with a contemporary interpretation of the “hoeve” which in the Dutch contryside defined an ensemble of farmhouses and living quarters organize around a courtyard. The team found inspiration in the designs and structures of the nearby farm buildings and created something truly unique. The projects consists of three separate volumes which together form their own little village.
Two of the volumes are reminiscent of the traditional barns with gabled roofs. They’re directly connected to the gardens and have two levels each. One of these volumes houses the living room, kitchen, dining area and a large veranda on the ground floor. Its upper level consists of a workspace and a playroom. The other barn-like volume consists of a large cooking studio where up to 20 people can take classes and participate in workshops and team building activities. Directly adjacent to it there’s a structure that houses the garage and the bottom and a storage area and a guest suite at the top. The third volume is the tallest and most prominent one. It houses all the bedrooms and private spaces and has a roof terrace on top.