V21K01 by Pasel Kuenzel Architects


Pasel Kuenzel architects of Rotterdam have designed a zinc-clad house on the site of a former slaughterhouse in Lieden Leiden, Netherlands.

Called V21K01, the building is part of a masterplan by Dutch architects MVRDV.

The buildings facade is clad with zinc panels.

The floor-to-ceiling windows of the open plan first floor frame views towards the surrounding historical buildings.

The kitchen and sleeping areas are located on the ground floor and there is a wood-clad terrace on the roof.

Photos are by Marcel van der Burg - primabeeld. Here is some more information from the architects:


Up until recently it was rather uncommon in the Netherlands for non-professionals to develop private ho

using projects in an inner city context. In times of crisis however, the present Dutch government strives to put an end to this tradition by stimulating private investments in urban agglomerations.

According to a Charta of the Ministry of Housing and Spatial Planning, one third of all new housing developments in the Netherlands must be developed by private clients.

The development of the former slaughterhouse area in the historical city centre of Leiden, the Netherlands’ oldest university town, is the biggest and the most representative example of its kind.

The remarkable house V21K01 of pasel.kuenzel architects is located on the edge of the historical city and is a new interpretation of the classical Dutch housing typology of the 19th century.

The skilfully detailed façade made from anthracite pre-patinated zinc, echoes the brick facades of the neighbouring buildings in a confident and contemporary way, without neglecting neither the scale nor the craftsmanship of its historical ancestors.

V21K01 is composed of two utterly different stories that allow reading the daily routine of the clients from the outside and that is crowned by a royal roof-deck.

Whereas the rather closed and intimate ground floor contains a specific sequence of spaces, the first floor is designed as a more generic space, a real Bel-Etage with a floor-to-ceiling glazed façade!

The adjacent existing façades of the neighbouring buildings serve as visual limitations of the space itself and place the house in a very direct way in its historical context.

Finally the generous roof terrace crowns the house and establishes a stunning visual link above the rooftops between the building and the towers and windmills of Leidens’ historical centre.

Posted on Saturday March 6th 2010 at 9:00 am by Antonia Anastasiadi. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • architect

    love stairs

  • I wish my area would allow development of commercial/private domicile. More people working to start businesses at home should spark communities to adopt this idea of development.
    Great job on this structure, I like the bare wood on the top level.

  • Anger of the North

    Any chance of more external shots when they’re done? I hope this fits in well, Leiden is a stunning old city and as much as I love contemporary architecture, I really hope that this is sympathetic externally.

    Some shots of the kitchen and bathroom spaces would be great too. At the moment the spaces seem a bit too thin, exposed and cold.

  • andreas

    There is something really nice and fresh about this project. I think its very nice.
    but boy Dutch towns are depressing.

  • Julia

    It looks like a kitchen…..

  • Dork

    It is Leiden (not Lieden)…

  • jorge

    Why dutch architects have that much problem with creating nice entrance situations? 9 of 10 times you enter a dutch house, you stand in the middle of the stage and allready saw the “happening” … it’s a pitty

  • hj

    first of all, it’s Leiden not Lieden.
    second, I like their other projects in the slaughterhouse area better. Especially the facade imo is not as exciting as their ‘ cheesegrater’ and ‘wooden strips’ facades. But interesting section nonetheless.

  • Hi hj, dear oh dear the spelling gremlins have been striking this week… thanks for pointing this out and we’ve corrected it now.

  • angry catalan

    By the way… what are MVRDV up to as of lately? I haven’t heard of them since the Rotterdam market.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    @angry catalan: Hopefully, planning their retirement. Go see some of their buildings in the flesh and you’ll understand why… Here’s a hint – they don’t age well!

  • jay

    ” The kitchen and sleeping areas are located on the ground floor and there is a wood-clad terrace on the roof. ”

    …… on the floorplans the kitchen is on the first floor…..

  • Laar

    It feels a bit odd because it is an unfinished project but the architect can’t wait to publish it…

  • JB

    can you explain what you mean? I dont understand your comment in the context of this building….

  • jorge

    @JB: I don’t know what there’s not to understand. Well – there’s no entrance situation. you enter a room (to what that room belong) with a stair and a wide corridor and the same time you allready see the garden. It’s just not a nice entrance situation at all. the whole room has the size and proportion of a living room…if the entrance hall is the highlight of the house (it seems to be), then I feel very sorry.
    I’ve been in a lot of dutch houses and it’s allways the same disappointment when you enter. you open the door and stand in the middle of the happening.

  • ghull

    very nice work on the window frames. some seem super thin. are they vitrocsa?

  • Luka

    I am planning to build a new house for myself which would have a rooftop terrace instead of a smaller terrace as an extension to the living room. Does anybody have any tips how a rooftop terrace works in practice? My worry is that it may result being a bit too detached from the living space and therefore not really used enough… But I may be wrong and perhaps one's habits of enjoying the space change once you actually get a possibility to enjoy something like a nice rooftop terrace…