studio RIANKNOP

Randmeersingel Amsterdam

In the Amsterdam Entree area, near rural north, we had the opportunity to design this detached villa. A city villa with a worldly feel. Studio RIANKNOP also designed both exterior and interior for this project. These fit together seamlessly and the layout is optimal.

The front of the house overlooks greenery and water. The back of the house has a view of the city neighborhood. With this in mind, we designed the facade. The front facade features wide panoramic windows, maximizing the connection with the surrounding greenery. At the rear is a grand, glass stairwell. The house has a modernist look.

The monolithic character of the facade is broken at the rear by the stairwell. This extends from the facade and adds depth to the home. Graphic lines accentuate the lines of the façade panels, and the same special tessellation is incorporated into the stairwell. The gray of the cement-bonded siding is punctuated by wooden window frames and soft green accents.

Mosaic at the front door in this green tone adds softness while integrating the house number into the facade. The imposing stairwell is done entirely in glass and aluminum, again in soft green. Where necessary, processed glass has been used so that views from the urban neighborhood are not possible. Daylight through the stairwell is phenomenal and reaches the entire house. The stairwell is the connecting element in the house. Outside and inside gain coherence. In doing so, the stairwell is an overwhelming, visual statement.

The industrial design gives the home its rugged character, and the use of color combined with wood provides the necessary friendly, tactile softness. The stairwell is visible from all corners of the home. It is supported by an oak block which also serves as custom furniture. This is accessed from the living room.

Opposite this oak block is a custom oak kitchen with soft green terrazzo top, defining the interior layout. The kitchen has wide oak window sills on either side. On these windowsills, the large window makes for pleasant gazing over the greenery. A bookcase is part of this custom furniture. The layout was designed at the same time as the facade. As a result, the windows are well situated.

The living room on the first floor has a harmonica facade, it connects the living room with the garden. Once the facade is opened, the garden is an extension of the living room. To emphasize this, the same tiles were used both inside and outside. The 4 bedrooms on the floors each have private bathrooms and have beautiful views of the greenery or the city neighborhood. Again, oak is an important addition to break up the monolith. The consistently applied material palette gives peace and security in the home and provides the powerful look to the outside.

With the city and nature of Waterland just around the corner, this home has become a unique property.

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