The former Missiehuis is located on Driehuizerkerkweg, a stone's throw from the dune landscape of Zuid-Kennemerland. The main building, chapel and pavilion will be transformed into residential buildings with 22 luxury owner-occupied apartments and 23 social rental homes. The architecture of the monuments is characterized by richly detailed red-brown brick facades, rhythmically placed windows and a mansard roof with dark roof tiles. Minimal interventions in the old buildings make it possible to create spacious and bright apartments while preserving the monumental architecture. In addition, a new south wing will be built onto the main monument in a suitable and contemporary way.
“I live in the neighborhood and have often cycled past the Missiehuis, but due to the closed character I never knew what wealth was hidden in this former Catholic enclave. Because the monument is already so overwhelming in scale and detailing, a conservative design and intervention strategy has been chosen: easily you (want to) do too much. Through the habitation and our interventions, the monument is both opened up and attached to the landscape and the village of Driehuis.”
Joeri van Ommeren (architect)
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To the north and south of the historic buildings, 35 terraced houses will be built. The 3-storey dwellings each have their own front and back garden. The sheds in the backyards are designed in the same architectural style as the row houses so that the rear side acts as a second, yet informal, front side.
The repetitive yet high-quality terraced houses are enhanced with a range of buyer’s options so that each house is tailor-made to fit the resident. Six of the terraced houses are designed as “kangaroo homes”; dwellings with a detached building intended as a separate workshop, extra storage space or for informal care and/or housing of a family member.
The new-build housing is clad in traditional brick and fitted with a steep roof with a flat ridge for the installation of solar cells. Wooden details and zinc dormers create a contemporary relationship with Driehuis’ village characteristics. The corner houses are distinguished by a flat facade with expressive masonry details and a flat roof. The brick masonry is in color and tone that compliments both the monumental old buildings and the neighboring recently built complex Nieuw-Velserduin.
Wide paved rear footpaths, carefully designed garden sheds, detailed steel fencing, and an abundance of greenery create a rich inner terrain.
The development of Missiehuis Park will create a coherent whole of monuments, existing buildings and new dwellings, further strengthened by a thoughtfully planned landscape design. What was once a 100 year-old closed off enclave of Driehuis will be transformed into a pleasant and open living environment for centuries to come.