The Ijburg House by Marc Koehler

October 12, 2008

At the upcoming World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, the Ijburg house by Dutch architect Marc Koehler has made the awards shortlist in the private house category.

From Marc Koehler:

The house is located on a very small plot in Ijburg, a recently developed suburb of the city of Amsterdam.  The house is designed as a monolythical sculptural mass, expressed by contrasting introverted private spaces (that form the mass) with open collective spaces that seem to have been ‘carved out’ from the solid volume as a continuous transparent void, visually and physically connecting them to the street, the garden and roof terrace.  This strategy seems to give the house a monumental and sculptural quality that articulates a sense of stability, simplicity and permanence.

The facade contains specific brick detailing inspired by techniques from the famous Amsterdamse school style from the 1920’s, which had become redundant in the 2nd half of the 20th century.  By intensive cooperation with brick and mortar suppliers, masonry consultants and brick layers, the architect managed to introduce these texture effects in contemporary building methods.

Visit Marc Koehler’s website – here.