House Like Village by Marc Koehler Architects

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House Like Village is located in an old harbour cantina at the KNSM-island in Amsterdam, which was transformed into a residential building with large apartments. Marc Koehler Architects have designed one of the apartments in the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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From the Architects:

With the transformation of an old harbor-cantina on KNSM eiland in Amsterdam into large apartments, this building changed function but kept its identity.

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The house we created is composed from 4 smaller ‘houses’, containing the more sprivate spaces and supporting facilities. In between them, an open multifunctional space emerges (the streets), and natural daylight enters deep into the house.

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The elevated second level is used for cooking, dining, working and has a guest house, connected by walking bridges. These ‘roof terraces’ are placed in such a way that you can fully enjoy the view of the adjacent harbor. The walls consist of closets and cupboards which double function as a wooden support structure. The whole loft-space is thus used, but retains its open character.

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The enclosed volumes also work as climate compartments and limit the energy-use. In the future the functional space can be enlarged by building extra ‘houses’ in the space now left open.

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Project: House Like Village
Designed by Marc Koehler Architects
Project Team: Marc Koehler, Miriam Tocino, Anna Szczurek, Maarten Verhelst
Gross Area: 160 m2
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website: marckoehler.nl
Photography: Marcel van der Burg