FRAMEWORK Architects & Studio PROTOTYPE designed a luxury floating home moored in one of Amsterdam's southwest canals. Called Water Villa, this modern family home features three floors, one of which is below water level. The floating dwelling's geometric wooden facade maintains privacy, while its interior is bright, spacious and open.
Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and a subtle play of light to its interiors. Inside, the floating home is bright, minimal and airy, with a central steel staircase that follows the facade’s vertical pattern.
Thanks to the central staircase and skylight at the top, plenty of natural light reaches every corner of the house. An atrium at the center connects all areas; the kids’ room is down at the basement and the ground floor is used for entertaining and cooking. Private, luxurious and modern, the top floor of this gorgeous dwelling -with the bedroom and study – has remote-controlled shutter windows that can fold up for extra privacy.
Photos by Jeroen Musch