Studio Prototype completes the self-build of Edge House in Amsterdam
Dutch architecture firm Studio Prototype has built a house with a hexagonal footprint in an area in Amsterdam with relaxed planning regulations.
Edge House is located on Route 1066, an area in Nieuw Sloten where landowners have more freedom to build as long as the homes meet certain standards.
This particular piece is triangular in shape, which prompted Studio Prototype to develop a design with hexagonal geometry.
The asymmetric footprint makes the most of the available space without overcomplicating the layout. This results in an interior layout with few angular walls.
“The very difficult and unusual plot shape determined our direction, as we could not create the standard rectangular house,” said architect Jeroen Spee, who co-founded Studio Prototype with Jeroen Steenvoorden.
“We came up with the idea of following the dynamic lines of the plot in the form of a dot with different, changing sides facing the surrounding green areas,” he told Dezeen.
The studio was commissioned to design the home for the couple, who weren’t quite sure what they wanted.
“Clients came to us with the idea of having an Ibiza-style house, but we thought differently,” Spee explained. “Our goal was to emphasize the wonderful view towards the green spaces of Sloten.”
The finished volume has a more modern and utilitarian look, combining floor-to-ceiling glazing with plaster surfaces, stone cladding and iroko wood frames.
Inside, the spaces are organized around a central core that houses the staircase, kitchen and bathroom, freeing up the rest of the floor plan for more open living spaces.
The ground floor contains relaxing and dining spaces while the upper floor offers the master bedroom as well as two smaller rooms that can be used as guest rooms or home offices.
The interior is more sophisticated than the exterior, with long views, double-height ceilings and skylights creating spatial drama.
Interior finishes are varied, with patterned flooring and stone cladding adding texture to the minimalist-style white walls and glass details.
Spee and Steenvoorden founded Studio Prototype in 2008 and have worked on several residential projects including the floating house Water Villa and the modular Villa Schoorl.
For Edge House, the duo took things one step further by helping their clients build after the contractor went bankrupt mid-construction.
“There was no other party willing to finish the job,” Spee explained. “We as architects took responsibility for finishing the building, together with the clients, with all qualified and specialized finishing people to support us.”
Photography by Jeroen Mosch.
building: studio model
interior design: Kolenik, studio model
Development area: Development of D’Aliante
Plaster: RVG plaster
Iroko Wooden Frames: Quinn Carpentry
Basic nature of stone: Natural stone shoe makers