This truly unique house is a part of an old apple farm in the Dutch village of Rossum, and it was renovated by Hilberinkbosch Architecten. The fruit farm of this project features a typical architectural style from this region. The building has a protected status and bears the name Nooitgedacht, which is a Dutch word sometimes given to places, houses, and windmills, and it means ‘something you never thought you could have’.
The house was built in 1862, so by now the building was outdated and in need of some attention. While preserving the original timber and brick architecture, Hilberinkbosch has broken through dark spaces to turn the dusty fruit storage into an elegant and contemporary dwelling. The design by Hilberinkbosch Architecten began by maximizing the existing high windows to guide daylight in and around the indoor spaces through a void and large glass fronts.
The façades have been largely retained to preserve the building’s history. On the left elevation, a bricked-up gate is opened again with glazed doors and an old closed hay shutter on the attic floor is replaced with new windows and a glass balustrade. In the rear façade of the former stable section, all the openings were previously bricked up or closed with a standard door frame. To create structure in the routing of the house, the two doorways are opened again.
The interior is so refined and tasteful that it reminds of canvases of Dutch masters. Traces from the history of the building can be found such as the old timber columns and exposed brick walls. These elements from past and present perfectly intertwine to create a timeless yet charming home.