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Villa MW in Amsterdam

13 Mar 2021

Villa MW

Design: i29 architects

Location: Amsterdam, North-Holland, The Netherlands

Villa MW Amsterdam

All about the Views
Located on a canal, next to a small marina, and in a green new neighborhood of Amsterdam, Villa MW is all about the views. Part of a row of one-off houses for individual clients, the brick of the ground-floor front facade was a given of the area plan, a feature that connects all the houses in the neighborhood. We pierced the brick wall, which extends on two sides, to frame various views, and on top added a Jura limestone box cut by panels of glass and wooden slats and dotted with projecting balconies. Even while our villa protects our clients’ privacy, it embraces the great outdoors.

Villa MW Amsterdam

Space for Reflection
Responding to the waterfront setting, our Villa MW is a reflective building, the more so where it opens to its environment. The closed façade of the ground floor with its brick and tall front door in glossy tombak is softly reflective, while the projecting first floor mirrors the sky with the expanses of glass of its large windows and balconies, beautifully framed by Jura limestone. Inside, natural materials – wood, plaster, natural stone – make the most of the abundant daylight.

Villa MW Amsterdam

With its warm yet neutral gray-beige color and clean structure, Jura limestone comes into its own on exterior façades. This European limestone was formed in Jurassic lagoons and contains fossilized sea creatures like ammonites and belemnites – a perfect choice then, for our waterside Villa MW. Seams of calcite give it a marble-like appearance, especially when crosscut.

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‘The brick facade was a requirement. We made it a vital part of the design, puncturing it to open views of the canal and the mini marina, and playing with its height as it extends from the villa.’
– Stijn Kemper Partner at Powerhouse Company

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A sculptural staircase connects the two floors and is bathed in daylight thanks to the skylight above. Wood is used throughout the interior: oak for the staircase steps and handrail, with wengé and walnut wood for all the “permanent furniture” (cupboards, shelving, headboards and divides) of the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. The quietly luxurious materialization raises the whole atmosphere of the villa. The natural marble seating elements by the staircase here echo the Jura limestone used for the facade of the upper floor.

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‘Our design responds to its location by creating a range of viewpoints and perspectives.’
– Franca Houg Project Architect at Powerhouse Company

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About Powerhouse Company
Powerhouse Company is an award-winning architecture office based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in 2005, it has grown into a multidisciplinary office of around 100 professionals, with international studios in Beijing, Oslo and Munich. Prizes include the Dutch Design Award, the Maaskant Prize and the AM/NAI Award.

Villa MW Amsterdam

Villa MW Amsterdam

Villa MW in Amsterdam, NL – Building Information

Design: Powerhouse Company

Status: Built
Timeline: 2013 – 2017
Size: 232 sqm
Client: Confidential
City: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Typology: Interior, Living, Villa

Villa MW Amsterdam

Structural / Geotechnical engineer: Breed ID
Contractor: Valleibouw
Contractor interior: Houtwerk meubelontwerp & realisatie

Landscape architect: Arjan Boekel

Villa MW Amsterdam

Project Team
Partner in charge Nanne de Ru
Stijn Kemper
Project team Franca Houg
Ryanne Janssen
Sander Apperlo

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Photography: Sebastian van Damme

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Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, western Europe

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