Where does the border lie between tradition and modernity in contemporary architecture? When does the transient aspect of modernity become the culture of continuity that tradition implies? Can both coexist in the same architectural product? By reasoning about this duality, we had to find a way to carry out the assignment: a new villa in the Dutch farmlands, which, according to the local rules, should
“respect tradition without interrupting the atmosphere or the surroundings”.
Many questions went on in our minds before starting our process; our purpose was to make a project that was not be a work of repetition, as a couple of examples found in the neighbourhood near the site. At the same time, we tried to investigate how we could maintain tradition. To think about this new project we wanted to understand what role local customs and habits should play in current architecture’s ideals and methods. Our first step was therefore to explore the site and perceive the way in which we could use the landscape, the existing architecture, local materials and their common applications and moreover, how they could all interact and be expressions of a modern language that represents us, today.