Take to the seas

Wednesday 17 Nov 2010

+31 Architects complete floating residence on the Amstel - a 21st century twist on the traditional houseboat

A young Dutch practice has realised a modern take on the traditional houseboat on the Amstel, in the heart of Amsterdam. +31 Architects has managed to retain the characteristic feel of a typical houseboat, with strict regulations stating that the water-villa must be created with minimal height.

This water-villa has a wide view over the Amstel. The villa has two spacious floors and a sunny roof terrace, made possible by lowering the bedroom half a story. In this way there is also a logical transition from the ground floor to the basement.

To still get daylight into the basement a large void has been made, connecting the two floors. The light in the guest room - also located in the basement - enters through a ‘cuckoo window’ positioned beneath the fireplace in the living room so that no space is lost. The split-level principle of the water-villa is accentuated by the round design of the facade.

In describing the project at hand, +31 Architects explain: “Living on the water is becoming more and more popular in Holland. The clients/ owners who come to our office always love the typical charms and characteristics of living on the water but don’t like the standard ‘caravan’ appearance of the existing houseboats. More and more people want to live on a contemporary houseboat that has been designed for their specific needs; the houseboat at De Omval is an obvious example of this.”

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