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Erve Wink

A historic Saxon farm, formerly owned by the family Wink, has made way for an idyllic group of 8 new homes: Erve Wink. The original Drenthes Court served as a source of inspiration for the design of this court and the houses. Think of a vibrant plot of land with a farmhouse and several outbuildings, surrounded by lush greenery in a picturesque rural setting. Together they formed a continuous unit around the ash tree. A picturesque landscape of sublime fields, where the land tells its age-old story and the soft contours of the undulating terrain reveal a timeless beauty.

architect: Pieter Brink / client: ErfGoed BV / completion: 2019

spatial values

Erve Wink consists of spacious private plots, surrounded by a lush green communal space that offers space for a beautiful rural design. Thanks to this extensive space, the yard offers much potential for further natural beautification and addition.


The modern homes at Erve Wink, ranging from detached gems to charming terraced houses, are constructed with materials and shades that pay tribute to the Saxon farms that you still find around Drenthe today. Erve Wink is a contemporary tribute to this traditional Drenthe architecture.




Typical of Erve Wink are extensive gardens lined with beech trees and hawthorn hedges. Hawthorn in particular has historically had a functional role in Drenthe, and not for nothing: it is a compact hedge that kept livestock and unwanted guests out. In the current context, a hedge can function not only as an ideal breeding ground for small birds, but also offers privacy to residents.


Beyond the hedge there is enough space for your own vegetable garden, raising chickens or holding garden parties. Wooden fences in the various gardens provide access to the adjacent orchard and playground, with which Erve Wink creates a seamless transition between natural elements and personal living spaces.


Erve Wink draws inspiration from the traditional agricultural building culture, where the core is a Saxon farmhouse, often thatched, surrounded by a functional yard with associated feed sheds and cattle stalls. The original materials were characteristically low-profile, robust and came from the local environment, driven by the need for practical use. A striking difference from traditional architecture is that the houses do not face the road, but rather the courtyard.


The private garden, which guarantees both peace and a picturesque view, is therefore oriented towards the shrubbery and communicates with the public space. At Erve Wink, authentic materials and color palettes form the basis for the new construction with a nod to the past, where already, oak, burnt clinkers, cobblestones and rain boards, among other things, come to life in a modern guise.