Private House Edmond Halleylaan 40

Edmond Halleylaan 40
Steigereiland, IJburg
Felix Claus, Dick van Wageningen
Claus en Kaan Architecten
Particuliere opdrachtgever
Konst & van Polen
Tram 26, stop Steigereiland
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2009-2010; ARCAM POCKET 23. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.

Private house Edmond Halleylaan

To the south of IJburglaan, the ambience on Steigereiland is largely determined by the highly diverse architecture designed for individual clients on private plots.

Surrounded by this architectural exuberance, with its light-grey façade surface, number 40 Halleylaan has a low-key presence. The closed character of the façade is interrupted by a door, two canopies and three differently sized windows, all seemingly randomly positioned. Because there are no window frames, they are literally ‘perforations’ in the surface, and the flat house takes on a sculptural quality. The distribution of the openings hints subtly at the succession of spaces in the interior, but does not reveal everything. Inside, the house has a striking spatiality because all of the storeys seem to interpenetrate. The use of entresols and the resulting diagonal sight lines contribute to this.

On the ground floor, a spacious entrance hall gives access to a half-sunken workspace at the rear of the house and, on the other side, to an entresol with kitchen and a double-height first floor with sitting area. A wooden staircase on one side of the house threads together all of the spaces.

Another entresol gives access to a storey with bedrooms on two sides. On the top floor of the house are the main bedroom and a roof terrace. The use of, among other things, differently sized windows and skylights has resulted in a series of different spaces. Moreover, because of their position, the windows subtly frame the views of the street and the garden. The consistent use of bare concrete, together with the grey walls, window frames and doors, and a number of black pieces of furniture, gives rise to a tranquil, almost cave-like ambience. Notwithstanding the open spaces and large windows, the interior is characterized by a sense of security and intimacy. (ARCAM)