- 18 back-to-back houses
- Municipality of Zeist, BOTS Bouwgroep, Klunder Architecten and Wurck
18 properties 1 property types 36 residents 2015 - 2017
In the Kerckebosch forest
Blauwhoed and BOTS Bouwgroep jointly developed Back2theWoods in the middle of the forest in Zeist, in the Kerckebosch district. To be as close to nature as possible, 18 back-to-back houses were developed. The residential blocks are omnidirectional and have no garden. Saving land, because the wooded area serves as backyard. The residences are compact, but wide in terms of lay-out. They resemble a villa, but are just as affordable as a normal townhouse. It is a fully-fledged house, despite the fact that it is smaller than a standard single-family home.
Retaining value and shape
Another quality of the back-to-backs is that they are not easily expandable. Exactly what the municipality had in mind. It requested the built of residences that retained their value and shape. Particularly suitable for the small households of starters, singles and seniors. This way, the municipality wanted to stimulate residents to move up the housing ladder. Blauwhoed’s building product, the back-to-back house, is particularly suitable for this purpose. The back-to-backs are sustainable because they retain their shape and therefore, depending on the market, their value.
Friendly and distinctive
The back-to-backs are a ‘friendly’ living concept, for both residents, neighbourhood and the wooded environment. Based on the principle that all residents need their own distinctive place, each residence in a long row of houses has its own identity. A continuous façade line, a storage that sticks out and a distinctive entrance for each residence. The design stimulates interaction. There are no backyards for residents to retreat. And the kitchen is situated in the front, facing the street. The design truly making you feel like you are ‘living in nature’.
Together is better
Back2theWoods is part of the Kerckebosch district. This district is being completely renovated. The district development company WOM Kerckebosch (municipality of Zeist and corporation De Seyster Veste) and the residents, entrepreneurs and social organisations in the area jointly created an integral design. Blauwhoed developed Back2theWoods as part of this design and cooperated closely with Wurck and the WOM. Together, they continued to develop the plan to create a proper living product for both the young and old in an area where mainly families used to live.
In the Kerckebosch district, you truly feel like you are living in nature. The woods have been included in the integral district plan. Trees have been saved, the main road is meandering through the forest and the altitude differences have been incorporated in the design. Furthermore, the plan includes an energy square for young people to charge their phone by bike. Blauwhoed has won a design contest with their back-to-back house as the answer to living in nature. The compact and omnidirectional residence will fit perfectly in a wooded environment.