The House M is located in Almere, the Netherlands was built in 2005 and designed by Marc Koehler Architects. The House M is a contemporary response to a changing cultural environment in the Netherlands which is characterized by a growing demand for monumentality, solidity and enclosure as dominant aesthetic values to be expressed in the architecture of the private house. In response to this, we positioned the house as it were a wall between front and back garden, separating the introverted street facade from an extroverted garden facade.
The kitchen, dining room, living room and office space are located on the ground floor in a continuous space which opens-up towards the sunny back garden. On the street side, the house appears rather closed and monolithic.
Two volumes reach out from this mass in an expressive way, providing the entrance and the garage space, defining the sculptural monumental image of the house as seen from the street, creating an interesting visual dialogue with the neighbouring houses built in neo-classical style.