An Old Railway House in Santpoort

Velsen  The Netherlands  –  Zecc Architecten and ZW6 Interiors Architecture

Area:    190 m2
Year:    2012
Photograpghy:     Cornbread Works

An old railway house sitting on the edge of the Amsterdam and IJmuiden line.  On the other side of the house lies the Kennemerland National Park. Steel and concrete on one side, verdant green on the other. The architect’s challenge… to tie the harshness of the railway to the softness of the park.

Railway ties...
Railway ties…

The solution was to retain the existing home virtually intact and unchanged but to add to it using straight lines in Corten Steel™.  Two wings have been added with the original home now being sandwiched in the centre, effectively anchoring the house to the landscape.

A polished concrete floor runs throughout the entire home which, together with the exposing of the original brickwork creates a contiguous effect visually mixing old and new. Large areas of glass and opening sections further remove the boundaries between inside and out, old and new, railway and park.

From the architect:

This former Railway House, built in 1867, is almost brutally shot through with a large Cortensteel volume. On two sides an extension is achieved with hard lines and large glass surfaces, which focuses on the surrounding greenery. The small Railway House literally breaks through its ancient walls outside and provides new insight into landscape. The old railway cottage is on the inside almost unchanged.

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