Building houses that avoid detail (one material, one type of doors, no gutters) reduces the costs. At the same time this leads to houses with a strong almost archetypal appearance. It’s an ironic gesture to the omnipresent demand for the same type of houses in the Netherlands. The formal and material strength allows for any kind of occupation: dwarfs, animals, cages, extra windows, and light figures, among other things, can be easily placed without the strong appearance of the houses.
The lack of gutters leads to “crying” houses. Rain simply runs over the façade. Small details (eyebrows) protect the rain from entering the windows and the electric door bells. But water can create toxic algae on the walls, depending on the materials used. As a result, a series of materials have been tested and selected. These tests lead to an awareness of “healthy materials.” All of these materials have been combined with the unit types, creating recognition. The developed blocks have been selected and composed by the outcome of market research. The composition then embodies the year’s market conditions, in this case, 2000.