This semi-detached house on IJburg (Amsterdam) was developed from the side façade and emphasizes the length of the plot by a partition; a narrow utilitarian part (left) and a wider spatial part (right). In the utilitarian part functions like washing, bathing and storage are situated. In the spatial part you will find the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. By pushing the utilitarian functions into the side facade like loose elements, a dynamic façade appears on the long side. To prevent passersby from looking in through the side façade but allow for daylight to enter the spaces, narrow windows were placed perpendicular behind it. They allow for diffuse in amongst others the concrete staircase. The unique solid-oak open stairs hang from the roof, while the first flight was executed as a closed block of steps.
The partition is visible and tangible throughout the house because of a vertical window from top to bottom, cutting even the first part of the roof. Besides, the use of materials emphasizes the utilitarian part, making it recognizable inside the house. The house is a so called ‘energy 0’ house with a sustainable wooden façade, solar panels and high grade insulation. The result is a surprising and distinctive, but reserved house in which modernism was applied in a minimalistic and warm way.
Material Used :
1. Fraké noir – Facade Cladding - Leegwater