In the upcoming north part of Amsterdam, three young families took their chances during the financial crisis and decided to build together.
The process to come to a design has been carefully designed as well, to come to a perfect balance of shared and individual interest. After deciding on a shared building method, the designs have been individualized after personal agenda. This created three houses, part of the same family, but all very different.
All families all chose a specific spatial configuration, according to their individual way of life.
House nr 1 asked for a compact set-up, but still enough light in the heart of the house. A thin light well drags daylight to the bottom of the house.
House nr 2 has a clean split level, with the Japanese bath room hanging in the core of the house.
House nr 3 has a large canyon like space with a sculptural staircase in the middle.
The budgetary demand for simplicity in materials and detailing let to innovative solutions.
In the facade, the game of collective and individual expression is noted in the repetition of form, but change of material. All families chose their own material, but the same detailing was consequently applied.
The tryptique facade was an informal front facade, facing the garden on the south: a front and back facade at the same time. We translated this condition into a superveranda, a steel structure that worked as a coat rack for informal infill: balconies, green, solar protection - and secondly creating an in-between, informal zone between the facade and the garden.