Rieteiland House

The architect says he wanted to use ‘timeless’ materials like glass, steel concrete and wood.

AMSTERDAM – When Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk was building his own ‘dream home’ near Amsterdam, he channelled his most creative visions into the design. 

The result is a cubic and somewhat machine-like structure, nestled on the waterfront of the IJburg. The front half of the façade is entirely clad in glazed aluminium panels, while the rear is made of windows which offer views of the water. On the second level is a screened roof terrace, built into the cubic mass.

Inside, the house is a technological marvel. At its core is a three-storey high structure wrapped in timber; inside are storage closets, toilets on all three levels, cables and a dumbwaiter. The ground floor contains the dining area, the first floor holds the living room and the second floor houses the master bedroom.

Photos courtesy of Imre Csany/Csany Studio


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