DELFT – In the Dutch town of Delft, a student residence building has solved a housing shortage problem in style.

When needing to accommodate 400 students, the Delft University of Technology commissioned studio De Zware Hond to create the building. The resulting 15-storey structure is situated over a canal, hovering above the water and resting parallel to a road.

The residence features a sunken bicycle storage facility that’s integrated into the landscape, hidden under a glass roof.

According to the architects, the most influential environmental factor in the design was noise, as the building faces a busy street. Every apartment has a corner-angled bay window and a wall with no windows. 

Photos courtesy of Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee