Fifty Shades of Brick: A Modern Masterpiece in Berkel-Enschot
In the scenic Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands, the Fifty Shades of Brick house stands as a testament to modern, energy-efficient design. Joris Verhoeven Architectuur masterfully blends Belgian hand-formed bricks with contemporary elements, creating a space that’s not only visually stunning but also environmentally conscious.
Embodying a fine balance of robustness and friendliness, this villa flawlessly showcases how design and sustainability can beautifully coexist.
About Fifty Shades of Brick
A Modern Brick Marvel
This modern villa, while sturdy, feels welcoming. Light gray bricks add fresh details. In particular, masonry slats draw attention to the entrance. Overall, these elements make the home both unique and simple.
On one hand, the house seems private from the street. On the other hand, the back opens up completely. Here, light stucco and big glass walls let the indoors flow into the garden.
Easy Living with Green Touches
The homeowners had a dream. They wanted a long-lasting, green home that looked both new and classic. This dream led to a balanced design, especially on the first floor. By widening the top and using bricks to add height, the home feels big.
A thick outer layer gives it a strong look. Moreover, the raised edges cleverly hide the solar panels on the roof. Every green feature blends in nicely, showing that style and saving energy can go hand in hand. With features like a ground-water pump, smart ventilation, and solar panels, this house uses very little power. After all, who doesn’t want positive vibes?
Key green features are:
– Strong insulation and sealing
– Protective overhangs and special glass for sunny sides
– A roof filled with solar panels facing the sun
– Pumps to heat and cool floors
– Gentle heating for steady room warmth
– Smart air systems that save warmth.
Using hand-made bricks from Belgium, Joris Verhoeven made a standout home in Berkel-Enschot. His focus on small details and being green has made a home that looks good and does good, without showing off.
This house is a great example for new, green building ideas. The long bricks give it a lasting, cozy feel. Every brick detail has been carefully placed, making the home feel whole.
What’s more, it’s green from top to bottom. With top-notch insulation, smart windows, and new energy tools, it uses little energy. These green steps make the home look good without hurting nature.
Joris Verhoeven shares, “I love making places that work well and look good, all while being green.” This house shows how buildings can be both good-looking and kind to Earth. And even though it’s simple, this home in the lovely Berkel-Enschot gets a lot of looks. It’s a bright spot for the future of building.
Photography by John van Groenedaal