SUPERGARDENS ON NEW HEADLAND, BERKEL EN RODENRIJS
The site is surrounded by water on three sides, a condition we exploited by placing all homes along the outer edge, as close as possible to the water. Postmen, visitors and meter readers can reach the front doors around the outside, along a basalt embankment. The units themselves are narrow and deep and materialized in wood and ceramic tiles. They form part of what is almost a perimeter block. Five-meter high property boundaries underline the block’s unity where necessary.
This configuration has produced a large inner courtyard, with its own character and ambience. Containing space for parking and children at play, and large gardens for the houses. Although the courtyard is public, it can only be entered through a gateway and along a path, giving it feeling of seclusion. The private gardens are clearly separated from the courtyard by sheds and wood fences; each garden includes a parking space entered through a white gate.