With more than a hundred miles of canals, Amsterdam is the perfect city for living on the water. One studio that specializes in floating dwellings - +31 Architects - recently unveiled their latest houseboat, a stunning specimen called Watervilla Weesperzijde. Moored on the Amstel River, this modern dwelling boasts large floor-to-ceiling doors overlooking the waters to help residents 'enjoy every day a feeling of being on holiday.'
+31 Architects’ latest houseboat floats very close to an earlier project from the studio, the Watervilla De Omval. Its sliding floor-to-ceiling doors open to a moored floating terrace of the same width, while three sun awnings on its flat roof filter excess light. Inside, the pale grey flooring of the living room area extends onto the terrace, merging interiors and exteriors.
Floating steps provide access to the open-plan windowless basement, where two bedrooms and bathrooms and a small lounge are located. The floating house is connected to the quay via a wooden bridge, which flexes as the residence rises and falls with the tide. The unique house’s number display was created with a perforated aluminum sheeting with LEDs behind that glow only during the night.
Photos by Ewout Huibers for +31 Architects