Cottage Feels

Bureau Fraai has completely renovated a 50’s farmhouse and extended the existing old barn next
to the house with a contemporary extension. With the design of this extension the architects
realized a harmonic relation between the existing and the new.
The young family living in this farmhouse in the east of Holland had the wish to completely
renovate the out-dated interior while also opening up the house to it’s beautiful surroundings.
Bureau Fraai realized this by opening up the whole ground floor plan of the existing house and
by adding a spacious extension creating a strong visual connection to the big garden.
For the extension the architects decided to extent the current old barn next to the farmhouse.
While the existing barn was built from bricks and ceramic roof tiles, the façade and roof of the
extension are made of black pre-weathered titanium zinc with hidden aluminum window frames
giving it a bold and modern feel.
The contrasting light interior with the wooden scissor frames, on the other hand refers to
historical Dutch farm structures. By using this same wooden scissor frame as the window frame
for the front windows all borders between the interior and exterior seem to disappear.


Project info:
Design: Bureau Fraai (
Architects: Rikjan Scholten, Daniel Aw
Location: Aalten, Gelderland, The Netherlands
Client: Private
Project year: 2015
Material extension: Black pre-weathered titanium zinc
Floor area extension m2: 42m2
Floor area total m2: 195m2
Photographer: Wim Hanenberg

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