42 low-energy houses in Nieuwkoop

At first glance this residential estate with its 42 low energy houses has the rather unobtrusive look of old houses from an era when thermal insulation was only a minor concern. The clear-cut, yet reserved design vocabulary in combination with the pitched roofs give them a certain timeless appearance. Only on second glance do the houses surprise with their modern proportions, large window areas and façades with varied details, showing primarily how homogeneous residential concepts with both clay bricks and passive house standard are possible.

With this project, Wingender Hovenier Architecten triumphed in the Fritz Höger Prize 2011 for brick architecture, in the category “Passive house”.

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