As part of the Dutch government’s emergency law for the realization of housing for Ukrainian refugees, Studio Selva has made a design for 41 dwellings on an empty plot in the village of Eemnes, consisting of 33 modular apartments and 8 prefabricated “tiny houses”. The project is planned to remain here for five years, after which the apartments will be moved to a new location.

As in other temporary projects by Studio Selva, communal and public spaces play an important part of the design, to encourage a strong community despite the limited lifespan of the complex. The housing is arranged around a central, car-free square with bicycle parking and a small playground. From here, there is also access to a shared communal space and laundry room. The longer housing block has a gallery access along its back and is therefore acting like a noise barrier to the adjacent highway.

The facade consists of thermically modified wooden panels, painted in a warm red color that contrasts with the vegetation. The landscaping will be built with mainly recycled materials, and the rain water from roof and landscaping will be infiltrated locally via an open ditch along the edges of the plot.

Project typeCommission
StatusIn execution
ClientDe Alliantie Ontwikkeling
LocationEemnes, NL
Surface2 800 m2