House Like Village: Old Harbor Cantina Transformed into Loft Apartments

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” House Like Village ” is a project designed by Marc Koehler Architects, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Project description: With the transformation of an old harbor-cantina on KNSM eiland in Amsterdam into large apartments, this building changed function but kept its identity.

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The house is composed from 4 smaller ‘houses’, containing the more private spaces and supporting facilities. In between them, an open multifuncional space emerges (the streets), and natural daylight enters deep into the house.

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The elevated second level is used for cooking, dining, working and has a guest house, connected by walking bridges. These ‘roof terraces’ are placed in such a way that you can fully enjoy the view of the adjacent harbour. The walls consist of closets and cupboards which double function as a wooden support structure. The whole loft-space is thus used, but retains its open character.

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The enclosed volumes also work as climate compartments and limit the energy-use. In the future the funcional space can be enlarged by building extra ‘houses’ in the space now left open.

Main architect: Marc Koehler Architects
Project: House Like Village
Process manager: Chris Kreijns
Project team: Marc Koehler, Miriam Tocino, Anna Szczurek, Maarten Verhelst
Furniture design: Marc Koehler Architects, Made-up interior works
Construction: Archangel Bouw
Photographer: Marcel van der Burg

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