Open Ateliers 11

Open Ateliers is a modular building system inspired by the qualities of the studio houses from the early twentieth century with high spaces, lots of light and maximum freedom for the resident to live in and work in.


The generic steel frame with a width of 5m20 and a standard height of three floors allows for many specific individual wishes. A garage with a double-height space on the street, a library with a void over three floors, an office space with three floors that can be used separately or together, a small neighbourhood supermarket that divides the space over two floors with the shop on the ground floor and storage above. Or a home, for a family, couples or students. The roof of the unit is accessible and when the units are connected creates a collective roof terrace.


For the design of the facade a user can choose from a fixed number of facade elements, creating a varied street view that shows the diversity of the program behind and at the same time creates a strong collective appearance. Naturally, the mix of living and working, which is translated into standard elements, also creates hybrid situations whereby the entire facade of a living room opens by means of a sectional door and transforms into a large indoor outdoor space.


The modular construction system consists of easy-to-disassemble floors and facade elements, making future programmatic changes easy to adapt within the system and the street view always being a ‘work-in-progress’.


Open Ateliers 11 is the first small ensemble built with the system and is located in Utrecht, surrounded by an exit of a highway on one side and a beautiful recreational lake on the other side. These extreme contradictory conditions resulted in a mix of users and functions that would either benefit from the dynamics and visibility from the highway or enjoy the contemplating views over nature.



‘Open Ateliers 11: Strong skeleton’ Read review in De Architect

‘Eerste project met modulair bouwsysteem van HOH opgeleverd’ Read article on Architectenweb

See also project Open Ateliers

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Client: Urban Developments B.V.

Contractor: HLE Bouw

Program: Business Units

Area: 1.800m2

Budget: 1.800.000 euro

Status: Completed in 2020

Project Team: Freyke Hartemink, Carsten Hilgendorf, Jarrik Ouburg, Emma Bellucci, Andrea Ceko, Luigi Fabozzi

Consultants: Smits van Burgst, De Prouw