House like Village
With the transformation of an old harbour-cantina on KNSM eiland in Amsterdam into large apartments, this building changed function but kept its industrial identity. The House like Village comprises 4 smaller ‘houses’, containing the more private spaces and supporting facilities, connected by a street-like multipurpose open space. Natural daylight enters deep into the house through the full-height facade windows.
Connected by walkways, the elevated second level is used for cooking, dining, working and has a guest house. These ‘roof terraces’ are positioned to maximise views of the adjacent harbour. The walls consist of closets and cupboards which double as the wooden support structure. The whole volume of the loft space is thus utilised without losing its open character.
The enclosed volumes also work as climate compartments and limit energy use. In the future, the functional spaces can be enlarged by building extra ‘houses’ in the open areas of the loft.