Holland Brick Farmhouse Design

magnifier facade

For decades, no-one particular could quite agree on what should go through this vital specific location between the town hall and central church in war-damaged Schijndel, Holland … until finally MVDRV demonstrated track of a major proposal remixing old and new. Their solution: printing local historical-building photos right onto glass.

glass brick farmhouse illusion

It was agreed the fact that ultra-modern composition should respect the first building envelope and regional vernacular with out a kitschy attempt at reproducing a false past. Hence, this glazed facade made to resemble an established thatch-roof brick farmhouse by using photos provided by photographer Frank truck der Salm.

glass town square secret

Window and door openings are offered curious treatment, revealed as semi-erased visible voids that usually do not conform for the structure depicted for the printed-glass surfaces. Close up, they provide practical cues to pedestrians – in a distance, they basically blend to the building or cover among reflected architecture.

glass mvrdv architecture project

Inside this so-called Glass Farm envelope, shops, restaurants and offices look back out for the mirror-image translucent farmhouse, furnishing fascinating interactions both within and with no.

Whether or not you love this solution, it raises compelling questions – as an alternative to masquerading as being a faux-historical structure, MRVDV’s smoke-and-mirrors approach invites interactions with heritage via an overlapping combined illusion, photography, reflection and reality.

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