Since the 2008 financial crisis, the city of Amsterdam has left its mass housing ambition and reinvented individual plot development as an engine for city development. 'Zelfbouw' is born.
Since then, the popularity of zelfbouw is unprecedented in the city. People are camping for months in order to opt for a plot for their own house, showing small scale private development is back and to be taken serious.
Zeeburgereiland is exemplary: a large urban development, left abandoned during the crisis years, except for a small strip of privately developed houses on the waterfront. Our design was one of the first houses on the island.
In the design, we tried to incorporate the unique situation of living within the ring road of the city, but on the waterfront of the IJsselmeer, with a view on the largest inner sea of The Netherlands.
We wanted to capture this view in a central large window. This window is the main feature of the furthermore simple house design.