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IJburg House Amsterdam
Contemporary Dutch Residential building design by Gabriëls Webb
5 May 2009
First built work by Gabriëls Webb
House Stenger on IJburg
Date built: 2009
Design: Gabriëls Webb
House on IJburg
Gabriëls Webb were awarded the commission for a private villa on the new island of IJburg, Amsterdam after a mini-competition was held by a private client, inviting a number of offices to present proposals.
The clients desired a home that could accommodate the duality of modern family life, providing opportunities in living together with their teenage children but also independently. Gabriëls Webb responded by ordering the programme vertically: the children occupy the lower separately accessed level, the parents the upper floor, and the ground floor is acting as both communal social area and “buffer” zone.
A site with a south facing view to a canal on the Grote Rietland of IJburg provided a unique opportunity for a family to live in a free-standing villa within 20 minutes of central Amsterdam. The family of four, a film score composer and a business film scenario writer with 2 teenage children required a house that provided opportunities in living together but also independently. The section of the house clearly describes the programme with children on the lowered level, parents on the upper, and the ground floor acting as the communal, family and social area (and also bufferzone).
Similar to a typical Amsterdam canal house the ground floor is raised increasing privacy from the street. The raised ground floor allows clear views to the canal at the rear and accommodates the basement below. This visual connection to the canal is maintained at all times – through the open stairs to the upper level and the absence of any doors dividing the ground floor area. The smaller living area of the ground floor steps down to the kitchen/dining area opening both horizontally and vertically in scale. The lower space opens to the outside terrace continuing the procession to the garden and canal.
The childrens’ lower level (complete with kitchenette and bathroom) is accessed from the street via external stairs and becomes an independent zone from the main house. The dividing wall between the bedrooms is nonload bearing and in the eventuality of the children leaving the family home the basement could be used and rented as a separate studio apartment.
In the upper level the parents functions of study, bathing and sleeping are ordered from street to canal side. From the bathroom views across the canal are possible, and the bedroom and bathroom unite as one space with a continuous floor surface.
The house is transparent from the street to the canal with the main front and back facades of full height glazing. All walls perpendicular to the street are solid timber clad surfaces. A clear demarcation of the house’s internal levels are revealed in the facade with white bands. Horizontally laid western red cedar boards further striate the volume. The entrance facade consists of a large full height glass door and an art piece by Amsterdam artist Yvonne Kroese. The lasercut steel panel features creatures found on and around IJburg and houses the letter box and other entrance hardware.
House Stenger IJburg – Building Information
Commission: private residence, IJburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Client: Patty Stenger and Rens Machielse
Architects: Marc Koehler Architects, Amsterdam – Kirsten Gabriels, James Webb
Project architect: Kirsten Gabriels
Structural engineer: Strackee BV Bouwadviesbureau, Amsterdam
Services engineer: Wolf + Dikken Adviseurs, Wateringen
Artist facade panel: Yvonne Kroese
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Stadswerk BV, Hoofddorp
Gross floor area: 285m2
Photographs: Marcel Van der Burg
House Stenger IJburg images / information from Gabriëls Webb 050509
Location: IJburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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