North BrabantRural Living in High Density: The Brabant Homestead
The landscape of the province of Brabant is ruined. Pollution caused by decades of intensive agriculture has systematically erased every form of Arcadian identity. Nonetheless, the myth of Brabant's rural charm survives intact. The central location, as well as the legacy of a close-knit road network, guarantees ease of access. A devilish pact between Arcadian existence an modern reality is what distinguishes Brabant today from other urban an rural regions and ensures its popularity as a residential environment. It is in Brabant's best interest to sustain the myth. This forms the backdrop to a design task fraught with contradictions. Meeting the massive demand for extensive use of space makes intensification the only option, and herein lies the paradox. Put more directly: the design proposes a form of living that caters for the rural lifestyle in high density.
in cooperation with
Region specific architecture
SEV (Stuurgroep Experimenten Volkshuisvesting), Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur