The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands houses a lot of students. Affordable accommodation is hard to get. That´s why five parents took matters into their own hands and founded an initiative to build houses for sixteen students. The students share a joint living room, kitchen and a beautiful brick façade.

Project details

Project
Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Architect
Bureau Kroner architects
Products used
Terca Pioenroos, Terca Douro Porto Reduced, Terca Dinkelrood Reduced, Terca Rutiel, Terca Tigris Flash, Terca Dommelrood Reduced

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ryelanden student housing, Utrecht, Netherlands © Teo Krijgsman

Five parents who preferred investing their money in real estate rather than putting their money in the bank were mainly seeking a return on their investment. The entire building shell, including the internal shell elements, was made of prefabricated concrete. At the same time, these ‘collective private clients’ had quality in mind: that’s why they chose a beautiful and customised brick façade for their project.

Diversity and unity

Familiar features include staggered windows and masonry bonds. The architect, Bureau Kroner, examined the work at a more abstract level and opted for diversity and unity at the same time. For instance, the façades differ in height and alternate in depth. Three houses are positioned along the building line, whilst two houses were shifted backwards slightly. During a visit to the brick manufacturer the five investors all hand-selected their own type of brick – one for each student home.

Individual flow

The most remarkable variation is the flowing masonry work, which gives each building its own personal flow. In consultation with the bricklayers the stones were placed in a 3D model by the architects with variations of 2.5 millimetres and more. The façade bricks were cut in a customised manner and laid in place professionally. The south-facing façade ensures a striking play on shadows – depending on the position of the sun.

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