Water Villa by Framework Architecten
and Studio Prototype

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Timber batons create geometric patterns across the exterior of this houseboat in Amsterdam by architects Framework Architecten and Studio Prototype.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten nd Studio Prototype

Named Water Villa, the boat is moored on a canal in the south-west of the city and features a sunken floor below the level of the water.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten and Studio Prototype

An atrium at the centre of the house connects the children's rooms in the basement with the ground floor living and dining room, as well as with the first floor bedroom and study.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten nd Studio Prototype

Narrow gaps in the timber-clad facade reveal the positions of glass doors and windows on the two upper floors.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten nd Studio Prototype

One window on the top floor features a remote controlled shutter, which folds up for additional privacy.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten nd Studio Prototype

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Water Villa by Framework Architecten nd Studio Prototype

Photography is by Jeroen Musch.

Here's some more information from Studio Prototype:


Water Villa

This water villa was designed by FRAMEWORK Architecten & Studio PROTOTYPE for a waterfront location near the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten and Studio Prototype

The relation between the water and house is central to the design. There is a subtle playfulness between open and closed. The vertically designed pattern, an abstract allusion to the water, provides not only optimal privacy but also a subtle play of light inside the residence itself.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten and Studio Prototype

The inhabitants are able to regulate their privacy by, for example, an integrated folding window that can be opened and closed by remote control.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten and Studio Prototype

The house is spacious with three levels, one of which is below the water, while living and work areas are located above the water.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten

The three levels are spaciously connected by an inner patio, which not only centrally organizes the plan of the house but creates sufficient light in the lower level as well.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten

Also, the steel staircase that has such distinctive significance for the character of the house, is located in the patio.

Here again, the vertical pattern of the staircase, consisting of a steel stripe pattern, provides a dynamic display of light and direction.

Water Villa by Framework Architecten

Design: FRAMEWORK Architecten i.c.w. Studio PROTOTYPE
Type: residence
Design team: Maarten ter Stege,Jeroen Spee, Jeroen Steenvoorden, Thomas Geerlings
Design Phase: 2011
Builder: Post Arkenbouw
Area: 250 sqm

  • Rob

    Terrible staircase/ballustrade detailing. Too busy. Insanely beautiful exteriors and planning. Nice one.