House S1 Self-build
Year: 2023 | Location: Brainport Smart District, Helmond | Status: Underconstruction | Client: Private
Designers: Piotr Szczesniak, Tim Kouthoofd, Ivo Hulskamp
Prefabrication : Tiny Verberne Special thanks: Mark van der Linde
With the support of Provincie Noord Brabant


The project locted is in Brainport Smart District, a pioneering housing development that aims to be the smartest and most innovative in the region. To be approved, projects must meet high standards in a range of areas including circularity, energy, water management, participation, and health.

House S1 may be small in size, but it meets ambitious goals. Using developed by Bygg- system called Samenbouw, residents can build their own home without the involvement of a construction company, resulting in lower costs and more affordable housing. The system utilizes lightweight prefabricated wooden elements that are delivered to the site and assembled by the residents themselves, with only foundations and piping done by professionals. The house's insulation and cladding are also completed by residents, allowing them to have a greater sense of ownership and pride in their homes.

The house meets circularity standards using modular construction, biobased insulation, and a wooden fa├žade. The roof is covered with solar panels and sedum, which serves as a rainwater storage system. The house's compact size, combined with excellent insulation and orientation to the sun, creates optimal climate and energy efficiency, contributing to a sustainable living environment.

Overall, our project is a testament to the possibilities of innovative and collaborative housing solutions that prioritize sustainability, affordability, and resident involvement.