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Amsterdam, The Nederlands

The private residence of architect Hans van Heeswijk is a spacious and light-filled house full of special details. He has a very high level of ambition in terms of how to combine the use of energy and modern technology. The front of this waterside house, on the recently developed island of IJburg near Amsterdam, is clad in perforated aluminium panels, while the rear is entirely glazed, orientated to the panoramic view of the water and the park. At the centre of the plan, a service tower known as the 'magic box' rises the full three-storey height of the building, containing bathrooms, closets, cables and a dumbwaiter. On the second floor, part of the volume is omitted to create space for a screened roof terrace. Typical of Van Heeswijk’s design is the application of timeless materials such as glass, steel, concrete and wood. Special attention is given to sustainability and saving energy thanks to a heat pump, thermal energy storage and solar collectors. Attention to sustainability and saving energy are the distinguishing elements of this project. Water is coherently managed thanks to CEA taps, realised in AISI 316/L stainless steel and provided with aerators with flow limiters to 5 lt/min.

Project: Hans Van Heeswijk Architects
Photo courtesy of: Imre CsanyDaPh + Luuk Kramer

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