ZigZag is a split level residence. It is divided up into 8 floors and separated trough a detailed and meticulously designed wooden stairwell. Images by Jeroen Musch.
ZigZag is part of a residential area on the site of the former Veemarkt in Utrecht-Oost. The plot is part of a row of self-build plots of various widths, ranging from 5.4 to 8.4 meters. What is special about the ZigZag plot is that there is no back garden, only a front garden.
The front garden has a depth of 13,5 meters and, in combination with an annex, provides sufficient distance from the house to the street. This urban planning principle is the reason for designing a special floor plan. ZigZag is 5,4 meters wide and 11 meters deep. By not designing an entrance hall, these dimensions provide a ground floor that can be flexibly arranged. Toilet, storage room, stairs and kitchen are centrally located so there is sufficient width at both the front and back of the house for a dining or sitting area.
The split-level house is divided into 8 floors, which are separated by a loft with a carefully detailed wooden staircase. Daylight is spread throughout the house trough the skylights, the loft and the landings. This loft also provides more spatial quality on every floor. The common areas of the house are open spaces, to bring in the winter sun and allow the warm southern light to shine deep into the house. In summer, the window on the top floor, above the loft, allows 'warm' light to enter each floor, even on the north side of the house.
The loft and staircase give ZigZag its playful character. This makes the building surprising, light and spatially attractive.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows on the north side of the house offer beautiful views of the greenery along the waterfront. The staircase in the loft alternately connects the bathroom and bedrooms
The precast concrete construction made it possible to create large windows while maintaining sufficient stability. The facades provide the stability of the house, eliminating the need for structural walls inside. This gives ZigZag its flexible and sustainable identity.
The split-level house is divided into 8 floors, which are separated by a loft with a carefully detailed wooden staircase. Daylight is spread throughout the house trough the skylights, the loft and the landings.