Amsterdam is well-known for its quaint canals and classic riverboats. However, the melding of modern architecture and the water is something that we don't see too often. Designed by +31 Architects, the Watervilla de Omval is a streamlined houseboat that floats peacefully upon the Amstel River. A stunning display of modernity in one of Europe's most historic capitals, this aluminum-clad structure also boasts a spectacular interior set off by ample daylighting. The low-profile floating house is a prime example of how contemporary design can fit amicably in any context when properly executed.
The floating house features an open floor plan that maximizes outdoor space and provides expansive views of the water. The living area and open kitchen are located at the water level, and cabins are located in the lower decks. The floor-to-ceiling windows afford the inhabitants a panoramic view of the Amstel.
The circulation of the interior is simple and straightforward – it consists of a living area, kitchen, and a bedroom split between two levels. The split level makes it possible to create a terrace on the south side without exceeding the maximum building height of three meters.
The architects chose to utilize aluminum to accentuate the round lines of the facade, and the white plastered walls and ceilings follow the curve of the building to create a seamless transition from the interior to the exterior.
While the Watervilla de Omval certainly exhibits a modern aesthetic, +31 Architects was careful to reflect the low-slung and elongated profile featured in other houseboats found along the river. Not surprisingly, the clients have received a positive response from neighbors and onlookers alike.