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The Nieuw Leyden House’s Branch-Like Facade Meanders Like A Canyon Wall

Posted By Tafline Laylin On April 6, 2011 @ 12:24 pm In Architecture,Daylighting | 1 Comment

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Although there were no permitting restrictions for any of the individual houses, and 24H-Architecture had full reign to build freely, the streets in this Leiden neighborhood are chock full of buildings leaving little space for expansion. Instead of forcing small block houses [6], they created a meandering canyon effect by wrapping the houses around the courtyard with a transparent boundary wall. For privacy, or during the evenings, this canyon wall can also be closed.

The architects used certified wood [7] in the building’s construction, but critics might still question the facade. Though we find it playful and not too wasteful, certain readers over at Arch Daily [8] were not so convinced. One person likened the projected pieces, which are constructed from Corten steel, to “spaghetti straps.”

+ 24H-Architecture [1]

Via Arch Daily [8]


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URLs in this post:

[1] 24H-Architecture's: http://www.24h-architecture.com/

[2] canyon: http://inhabitat.com/hansa-canyon-temperature-sensitive-fixtures/hansacanyon/

[3] flushes in light: http://inhabitat.com/led-light-fixtures-create-the-illusion-of-daylighting/

[4]  : http://inhabitat.com/the-nieuw-leyden-houses-branch-like-facade-meanders-like-a-canyon-wall/slide2/?extend=1

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-nieuw-leyden-houses-branch-like-facade-meanders-like-a-canyon-wall/slide2/

[6] small block houses: http://inhabitat.com/portable-and-modular-prefabricated-slum-housing-concept/blocks-slum-housing-2/

[7] certified wood: http://inhabitat.com/geoffrey-lilge-crafts-beautiful-charcuterie-boards-from-fsc-certified-wood/fsc-wood-cutting-boards/

[8] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/124465/nieuw-leyden-24h-architecture/

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