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Issue #23

FLOWING FAÇADES FOR STUDENTS

Multi-Family

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands houses a lot of students. Affordable accommodation is hard to get. That´s why five parents took matters into their own hands and founded an initiative to build houses for sixteen students. The students share a joint living room, kitchen and a beautiful brick façade.
ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade detail
© Teo Krijgsman
ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade detail
© Teo Krijgsman
ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade front view
© Teo Krijgsman
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ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade front view
© Teo Krijgsman

FLOWING FAÇADES FOR STUDENTS

Multi-Family

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands houses a lot of students. Affordable accommodation is hard to get. That´s why five parents took matters into their own hands and founded an initiative to build houses for sixteen students. The students share a joint living room, kitchen and a beautiful brick façade.

Five parents who preferred investing their money in real estate rather than putting their money in the bank were mainly seeking a return on their investment. The entire building shell, including the internal shell elements, was made of prefabricated concrete. At the same time, these ‘collective private clients’ had quality in mind: that’s why they chose a beautiful and customised brick façade for their project.

ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade front view
© Teo Krijgsman

DIVERSITY AND UNITY
Familiar features include staggered windows and masonry bonds. The architect, Bureau Kroner, examined the work at a more abstract level and opted for diversity and unity at the same time. For instance, the façades differ in height and alternate in depth. Three houses are positioned along the building line, whilst two houses were shifted backwards slightly. During a visit to the brick manufacturer the five investors all hand-selected their own type of brick – one for each student home.

ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade detail
© Teo Krijgsman

During a visit the five investors all picked their own type of brick.

ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade detail
© Teo Krijgsman

INDIVIDUAL FLOW
The most remarkable variation is the flowing masonry work, which gives each building its own personal flow. In consultation with the bricklayers the stones were placed in a 3D model by the architects with variations of 2.5 millimetres and more. The façade bricks were cut in a customised manner and laid in place professionally. The south-facing façade ensures a striking play on shadows – depending on the position of the sun.

 

ryelanden student housing modern brick architecture red brick facade detail view
© Teo Krijgsman
Facts & Figures
  • Project name
    Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architect
    Bureau Kroner architects
  • Client
    Stichting Studentengroepswoningen.nl
  • Used products

    Terca Pioenroos, Terca Douro Porto Reduced, Terca Dinkelrood Reduced, Terca Rutiel, Terca Tigris Flash, Terca Dommelrood Reduced

  • Year of completion
    2017
Terca Pioenroos

Façade

Terca Pioenroos – Netherlands

Terca Douro Porto gereduceerd

Façade

Terca Douro Porto reduced – Netherlands

Terca Dinkelrood Reduced

Façade

Terca Dinkelrood Reduced – Netherlands

Terca Tigris Flash

Façade

Terca Tigris Flash – Netherlands

Terca Dommelrood Reduced

Façade

Terca Dommelrood Reduced – Netherlands