Urban Villa in Amsterdam by
Pasel Kuenzel Architects

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This L-shaped wooden house by Dutch studio Pasel Kuenzel Architects sits at the water's edge on an artificial island in Amsterdam.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

Rotterdam studio Pasel Kuenzel Architects designed the family home in Grote Rieteiland, one of six islands that makes up the man-made archipelago of Ijburg, east Amsterdam.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

Each residence on the group of islands is allocated a similar-sized plot and shaped by strict scale and massing guidelines.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

For this house, the architects created a rectilinear building with a three-storey tower on one side and a small courtyard at the entrance.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

"Within a strict and complex set of urban rules [we] succeeded to develop a plain and sober urban villa that is unique in its reduced design and compelling in its materialisation and level of detailing," said the architects.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

White-painted wooden boards clad the house's exterior, interspersed with windows that extend right to the edges of the facade.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

A monochrome colour scheme dominates the interior, which accommodates a large open-plan living area on the ground floor and bedrooms and workspaces inside the tower.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

Sliding doors provide access from the ground floor to a waterside garden, while the master bedroom opens out onto a large roof terrace.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

Other properties built in Ijburg include a two-storey house clad with timber and a house with a spiral staircase climbing its exteriorSee more Ijburg houses »

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

More residential projects by Pasel Kuenzel Architects include a rectangular house with two courtyard gardens behind its exterior and a house clad in a chequered pattern of timber and white renderSee more projects by Pasel Kuenzel Architects »

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

Photography is by Marcel van der Burg.

Here is a short description from the architects:


The Power of Simple Things

Close and compact are the residences lined up along the waterside of Grote Rieteiland, an artificial island in Amsterdam's hip neighbourhood Ijburg.

Within a strict and complex set of urban rules pasel.kuenzel architects succeeded to develop a plain and sober urban villa that is unique in its reduced design and compelling in its materialisation and level of detailing.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

The building is a composition of a horizontal plinth for living and a vertical element comprising workspaces, bedrooms for the kids, a master bedroom and above all a tremendous roof terrace. Due to a 12m wide glazed facade on the south side the main living area relates directly to the water. The house grants access via a patio facing the street and marking the threshold between public and private.

The unusual materialisation of white painted raw timber boards of Douglas fir underlines the compelling power of simple things.

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects

Architect: pasel.kuenzel architects
Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, F. Pocas
Client: Private
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Date: 2009-2013
Size: 307 m2

Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects
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Urban Villa in Amsterdam by Pasel Kuenzel Architects
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  • Chris MacDonald

    Beautiful form. I’d like to see more interiors. Also, why does nobody comment on the small scale projects like this, only the large ones by starchitects?