On a former industrial site close to the historical heart of the renowned Dutch university city of Leiden, emerges one of the biggest urban developments of private-collective dwellings in the Netherlands. In their series of eleven town houses, Rotterdam based architects pasel.künzel architects present yet another exceptional residence.
V36K08/09 is the front end of a terrace that is built on a collective parking garage. The residence comprises two separate dwellings for mother and son, including two spacious and hidden patios. The dark pre-patinated zinc façade with its subtle disposition of seams gives the building a calm but yet spectacular appearance.
Looking from the outside, the house appears rather compact and closed – a fortress in the urban tissue. Only by entering the estate through the heavy wooden gate, one gets into an utterly different inner world – an oasis of tranquility, a living space that is generous and open,where inside and outside merge into each other.
Architect: pasel.kuenzel architects
Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, F. Sack
Structural Engineer: IMD, Rotterdam
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Nieuwe Maten, Wormerveer
Location: EWR/Slachthuisterrein, Leiden, The Netherlands
Project area: 285 m2 + 81 m2 roof terrace
Project year: 2006-10
Photos: Marcel van der Burg