photography: Henny van Belkom
Indigo Tanja & Jos
This Indigo, a spacious family home with a minimal environmental impact, is the result of a design process in which the residents themselves enthusiastically sketched along with us. Or should we say, we with them? When this distinction fades and customers get the feel they are designing their own home, this for us is an honor, and proofs that Indigo, as a flexible framework, really functions well.
The house has a cleverl spatial lay-out: the living area and "the sleeping house" in the back are separated by a spacious hall where the residents can organize cozy events: lectures and room concerts, for example. This zoning also yields smart, separated climate zones.
You can't see it, but the foundation of this house consists of prefab concrete beams and pier blocks that are placed on the underlying sandy soil. In this way, the house, which stands on lease land, does not leave any traces should it ever be removed. On top of that the floor below is insulated around the edges only, so that the thermal mass of the ground under the house is utilized. This provides extra cooling capacity in the summer and flattens out the heat curve in the winter, due to the buffering capacity of the sand. This is a good example of how Indigo as a design concept and an intelligent "energy architecture" coincide.
This Indigo runs fully on electricity, a clean choice, provided that the required electricity is generated sustainably. Because the surrounding trees give a lot of shade, in this case the energy is generated within a collective project nearby. The underfloor heating, which can also cool, is powered by an air-to-water heat pump.
This project was delivered by our construction partners up to and including wall finishes, interior walls and interior doors. The clients themselves took care of the kitchen and bathroom.
€ 341.250 incl. VAT
Barchem, The Netherlands
prefab concrete beams
Oregon pine / HR++ glazing
Can Indigo be built outside of the Netherlands?
Yes, depending on your exact location and the size of your Indigo. For EU customers all structural elements are prefabricated in the Netherlands (our home base) and can be transported by road.
Can Indigo be built outside of the EU?
Yes, although shipping Indigo's prefab elements will probably not be the best option outside of the EU. Instead, prefabrication and construction will have to take place in collaboration with a local contractor. This is very well possible but requires some extra dedication, flexibility and patience from both us and you as our client. For single Indigo's outside of the EU we've decided to work only on projects starting at approximately € 300.000.
How do I start a project?
If you are interested in working with us, please send us an email and tell us a bit more about your plans: where exactly are you located? Do you own a building plot, and if so, can you send some pictures along? Did you already put up a program of requirements? What's your budget?
If we think your plans fit our craft we can schedule a call, get to know each other, and inform you some more about our design process.