Reset Architecture


In the Netherlands, almost 60% of homes are terraced houses. The Doorzon-woning (≈ sun through dwelling) is the most common type of house of the 20th century. Slowly these homes are refurbished, thermal insulated and expanded to meet the current standard. Reset restored a Doorzon-woning from the sixties. We took the existing characteristics of the home and construction method very seriously in the design process. This has led to an extraordinary result.

The main characteristic of a Doorzon-woning is the open contact with the outside and the double orientation in the living room. Daylight flows through the front and rear facade inwards. The width of the houses is usually 6 to 6.5 meters and is spanned in two parts, often by hollow brick floors. Next to the living room is the entrance hall with staircase and toilet, behind the hallway you will find the kitchen. The depth is gradually increased from 7 meters in 1910 to about 9 meters in the seventies. After this, the Doorzon typology is less built. Due to the introduction of wideslab precast concrete floors, homes become narrower and deeper and so providing the interior with less daylight.

For the extension of this house, which was 7.8 meters deep, we used a hollowcore slab floor that can span the 6.25 meter wide. A rational choice matching the logic of the original construction of Doorzon-woningen. Spatially, the large span allowed us to bring back the right proportion, in the open character as well as in the amount of daylight relative to the surface size. The newly created atmosphere is delicate related to the original modernity but offers more freedom in layout and use.

July 2013, finished
Theo Mathijssen
Heijmans & Partners Ingenieurs