Castle Leliënhuyze is a response to the request from the developers to build semi-detached homes in Haverleij as well, as these generally sell well in Brabant. This ‘castle’ features semi-detached homes in the outer ring, terraced houses in the inner ring and flats in the corner towers. The dwellings are situated so that they all have a view of the landscape. The inner ring is higher than the outer ring, with terraces on the outside, so that their occupants can look at the surrounding landscape between the semi-detached homes. The homes in the outer ring feature double-height living rooms, as well as ‘in-between gardens’ with a view instead of front and back gardens. This castle also features 2.2 built-in parking spaces per home, located under the dwellings and the inner courtyard.
The exterior of the castle was given a rustic look by using different colours of brick and by incorporating blocks of natural stone, bricked-up window niches and Gothic arches in the masonry. This creates the suggestion that the structure was rebuilt and adapted many times in the past. The inspiration was the work of the English country house architect Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), who used to give his masons beer in the morning so that they would lay bricks somewhat irregularly. This is no longer allowed under health and safety regulations, so the masons of this castle were given precise drawings of the desired irregularities and encouraged to ‘lay bricks freely’. In order to make the structure even more rustic, the lampposts in the inner courtyard were erected at uneven intervals and up to different heights. Residents of the castle have reported feeling like they are on holiday since they have lived here, which can be taken as a great compliment.
[A] Sjoerd Soeters
[P] Residences & parking
[G] 26,710 m2
[C] Heijmans IBC Vastgoedontwikkeling