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Deeply contemporary and minimalist, the double height apartments have timber structural walls that double as closet and wardrobe spaces. The upper level, called “roof terraces,” feature dining, working, and cooking spaces in addition to a small guest house – all of which are reached via a series of elevated mesh footbridges. This area also boasts fantastic views of the city’s adjacent harbor.

Large windows ensure that plenty of natural light penetrates all of the small “houses,” while closed off rooms help to conserve the overall energy load. Designed with flexibility in mind, the large open spaces are easily expanded should future need arise. While potentially too stark for some, the House Like Village will strike a chord with hip urban dwellers.

+ Marc Koehler Architects

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Photographs by Marcel van der Burg