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IJburg house, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Friday 28 Nov 2008

How does your garden grow?

copyright: Marc Koehler 
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Marc Koehler comes up with an innovative solution for a small space 

The house is located on a very small plot in IJburg, a recently developed suburb of the city of Amsterdam, which triggered the idea of making a vertical garden; nature and culture merge in one structure. The house is designed as a monolithic sculptural mass, contrasted with open collective spaces that seem to have been 'carved out' from the solid volume, connecting them to the street, the garden and roof terrace.

The ornamental masonry texture is not only a decorative enhancement of the sculptural mass, but also functions as an underlay for different sorts of climbing-plants to grow up the facade, giving birth to the idea of a vertical garden. This was enhanced by integrating plantbarges on several levels in the facade. The ecological character of the house was reinforced by making use of passive and active solar-energy and an earth heating-pump.

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