Marc Koehler
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House like Garden

The 140 m2 House like Garden is located on a small plot in IJburg: a recently developed suburb of the city of Amsterdam. The house is designed as a vertical garden giving space to flora and fauna to grow in a densely urbanised area.

Closed private spaces contrast with open collective spaces, that seem to have been “carved out” from the solid volume as a continuous transparent void. In this way the interior space is visually and physically connected to the street, the garden and roof terraces. Outdoor and indoor spaces become one and natural daylight flows into the interior.

In the House like Garden, three bedrooms, a small bathroom, WC and a ‘multipurpose hall’ are situated on the ground floor whereas the first floor remains completely open for living, cooking and eating, flooded with daylight. The multipurpose hall on the ground floor is much more than an enter zone. It also functions as an artist studio, work desk, launderette and playground. Storage and service spaces are invisibly integrated in thick walls keeping the living spaces as open, transparent and flexible as possible.

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Gross Area
140 m2



Main architect
Marc Koehler Architects

Project team
Marc Koehler, Kasia Heijerman, Dick Kleijn, Jurrian Knijtijzer, Wouter Hendrikson, Dennis de Haan

Interior designer
Made up interior works i.c.w. Marc Koehler

Marcel van der Burg