Stripes are the new black, so this townhouse in Leiden, The Netherlands is totally hip. The Stripe House is encased in a handmade plaster facade and is brightly daylit from a host of windows. Designed by Dutch firm GAAGA, the compact home doubles as an office and is very energy efficient by design.
Stripe House by GAAGA is located in a new urban planning area of Leiden where clients can develop their own houses. Sited on a corner lot near a park, the home does its best to make the best of the compact plot. At three stories tall, the home creates space with vertical floor area, but still retains a small garden space from which to enjoy the sun and the neighborhood. This small enclosed garden provides a soft transition from public to private space as well as a distance from the neighboring houses.
The ground floor is used as an office for the owners, while the first and second floors are private for the family — in fact more private as you go up. The first floor is living space with an open floor plan living room and kitchen, and two bedrooms and a bath are located on the top floor. A void between the living space and the bedrooms creates a connection via operable shutters. Large windows on the the three open sides of the home are oriented towards interesting views and fill the bright white interior with natural daylight. The exterior is very tactile with a handcrafted plaster facade created with linear molds. Beyond daylighting, the Stripe house is also a very sustainable house that scores well in several energy performance and environmental index calculations and labels.
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