Station District

New houses along the railway in Breda

Bert Dirrix has designed a new station district for Breda. The urban plan of the Three Horseshoes (De Drie Hoefijzers in Breda) defined an alternation of houses and short terraces which have been subsequently designed by different architects. HvdHA’s contribution consists of 18 dwellings in three types: pitched roofed terraced blocks at the south edge, wide houses in three stories and duplexes at the north edge. Poignant brick architecture was proposed. The entrances to the duplexes have staggered brickwork forming bay window-like shapes towards the street. The upper dwellings have a small balcony on top of that bay window and a spacious roof terrace at the rear. Garden walls and brick sheds separate the rear gardens of the lower dwellings from the pedestrian route along the corner of the block. Prefabricated concrete gargoyles mark the cornice.