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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,Design | 1 Comment


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 [2], 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 [3] 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 [4] were not so convinced. One person likened the projected pieces, which are constructed from Corten steel, to “spaghetti straps.”

+ 24H-Architecture [5]

Via Arch Daily [4]

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

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

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

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

[5] + 24H-Architecture: http://www.24h-architecture.com/

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