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Steel Craft House

Zecc Architecten has designed the Steel Craft House, a self-build project in Utrecht to convert an old garage into a wooden residence with a Corten steel façade. The clients realised the entire project themselves. A challenging task where good cooperation, perseverance, and love for the craft led to an incredible result. Every steel sheet and oak slat literally passed hands several times.

In Steel Craft House, the stylistic features of a working-class house were revamped. With its characteristic façade it stands out from its surroundings. But simultaneously, the reference to the recognisable theme of the working-class house ensures that it is in keeping with the adjacent buildings. Not just this reference but the expression of craftsmanship – which makes this district so beloved – contributes to the integration, too.

The appearance of the steel has a paradoxical quality. At first glance, it contrasts with the brick neighbouring buildings, but at the same time, the discolouration of the Corten steel refers to the patina of the archetypical Dutch brick.
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PROJECT Steel Craft House
ARCHITECTS Zecc Architecten
LOCATION Utrecht, The Netherlands
YEAR 2020
PHOTO Stijn Poelstra