Kavel 157, Private House

Cornelis Zillesenlaan 90
Steigereiland, IJburg
Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal
Rocha Tombal Architecten
Particuliere opdrachtgever
Gijs & Van Cleef
Tram 26, stop Steigereiland
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2008-2009; ARCAM POCKET 22. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.

Unobtrusiveness and mysterious

Where housing construction without aesthetic control is permitted, a great diversity of dwellings can invariably be expected. Although there were certain restrictions on Steigereiland, for example, with regard to the height and width of dwellings (in order to create closed street frontages), here, too, there is considerable variety in the facades. In Cornelis Zillesenlaan, plot 157 attracts attention precisely because of its unobtrusiveness.

The white, largely blank façade is open on the ground floor only, although remarkably enough the latter does not allow a clear view inside the dwelling. Immediately behind the large glazed front is a shallow space containing only a staircase to the floor above. This gives the house a slightly mysterious character.

Just as in the façade, the diagonal is a key element in the predominantly white interior, which is completely hidden from view on the outside. The various openings in the rear elevation and in the roof are so positioned as to give rise to a play of light with sliding diagonals when the sun is shining. This takes place in a physical décor in which staircases and volumes such as that of the open hearth are emphatically sculptural elements in a, thanks to the large void, very open interior.

In its totality, the house fits in perfectly in the Dutch context of IJburg, while at the same time it is a clear reference to the Mediterranean background of the architects. (ARCAM/MB)