Energy-neutral luxury houseboat floats in Haarlem waters

February 14, 2018 by  
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Filled with light and stunning views, modern houseboats in the Netherlands are things of envy—especially this new gem by VanOmmeren-architects . The Amsterdam-based studio recently completed Houseboat Haarlem Shuffle, an energy-neutral floating villa powered by solar energy and two heat pumps. The gorgeous home balances the need for privacy with maximizing landscape views. Located in the Spaarne River, Houseboat Haarlem Shuffle is a spacious 210-square-meter build spread out across two floors. Timber cladding wraps around the home and is bordered by aluminum roof trim for a clean and minimalist appearance. Clerestory windows punctuate the street-facing facade while large, nearly full-height windows in the southwest open the home up to an abundance of natural light and views. Inside on the first floor, a spacious open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen soak up the sun and views, and also step out to a sheltered outdoor terrace with room for seating and a grill. The first floor also houses the master ensuite, storage, and office. A light material palette and whitewashed walls reinforce the interior’s bright and airy appearance. Related: Incredible net-zero floating home cleans the water around it A stairway leads down to a second floor below where two guest bedrooms and bathrooms are located in addition to a large music room, storage, laundry room, and mechanical room. “The design plays with the perception of the dynamics around the Spaarne, the relationship with Haarlem and the bright open living spaces,” wrote the architects about the energy-neutral design. “The ark gets its expression by a strong orthogonal composition of open and closed facade elements. The large vide near the southwest windows opens up the floor for light to reach the lower music and sleeping spaces.” + VanOmmeren-architects Via ArchDaily Images via VanOmmeren-architects , by Eva Janssens

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Proposed Swedish bridge offers stellar river views with amphitheater-like seating

February 14, 2018 by  
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Erik Andersson Architects has proposed a new type of bridge for Kalix, Sweden that does more than just connect riverbanks—it also doubles as coveted public space. The Swedish Traffic Administration tapped the architecture firm for the proposal in anticipation of the upcoming 2019 replacement of an existing bridge over the Kalix River. The conceptual bridge extends outwards over the water to form amphitheater-like seating where the public can gather and get closer to the river. Located at the junction between the river and the sea in northern Sweden , Kalix owes much to its rivers, from its name to Kalixlöjrom, a culinary delicacy specific to the area. Thus, the Swedish Traffic Administration asked Erik Andersson Architects to design a new bridge that would also serve as a central gathering place by the riverside. Drawing on their experience with bridge design across Sweden, the firm proposed a design that offered separate routes for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists , as well as public spaces with seating and shelter. Related: Tree-topped bridge to double as public space for a historic Chinese town “The idea behind the bridge is to turn a simple crossing of the river into an experience and create a warm atmosphere,” said Erik Andersson. “The bridge is a hybrid of an amphitheatre and a bridge. We also wanted to make it possible for people to get near the water surface and enjoy the view, while at the same time giving protection from the weather which can get harsh in this part of the country.” To provide shelter, the architects turned the elevated car and cycle paths into a roof-like structure that provides shelter to the pedestrian pathway below. The bridge’s supporting arches are built outwards to serve as gathering spaces that step down to the water and face south to capture the warmth of the sun. + Erik Andersson Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Erik Andersson Architects

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