Groeseind residences, Tilburg
Atelier PRO was commissioned to design two residential projects on the GHP site. De Zwarte Hond Architecture & Urban Design was responsible for the Urban design. One project concerns 12 dwellings on St. Andreasstraat and the other 31 dwellings on Bisschop van Zoesstraat. Both are built on empty sites between existing housing blocks and involve a combination of rental and owner-occupied apartments.
Both blocks are constructed from the same smooth, orange-coloured masonry. The recessed window frames are white, and the flat roof tiles and capping are coloured red/brown to match the brickwork. The kitchen facade and front door are recessed deeper into the facade. Ventilation to the kitchen is provided behind a panel clad in white profiled sheeting.
The white colour accents form a refreshing contrast with the earthy red masonry. On some of the masonry piers, alternating rows of brickwork are recessed to create a lively texture on the facade. The irregular arrangement of windows on the first floor creates an element of surprise, suggesting ambiguity about the boundary between different apartments.
One side of St. Andreasstraat is characterised by a two-storey block with a pitched roof and high roof edge facing the street. The other side gains a certain height due to the extended dormers.
The designs for Bisschop van Zoesstraat and St. Andreasstraat are distinguished by several differences. For Bisschop van Zoesstraat the flat ceramic roof tiles are black and the optional dormer window made from profiled aluminium is located on the garden side.