V12K0102 / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

© Marcel van der Burg

Architects: Pasel.Kuenzel Architects
Location: Leiden,
Project Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, F. Sack, H. Vollmuller, L. Pasel Private
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 240 sqm
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

On the site of a former slaughterhouse in the historical heart of the Dutch university city of Leiden, emerges one of the biggest urban developments of private dwellings in the Netherlands. In their series of eleven, the Rotterdam based architects, Pasel.Künzel Architects, present yet another spectacular house, giving a new interpretation of the classical Dutch housing typology.

© Marcel van der Burg

With their V12K0102 residence created a remarkable project on an almost triangular building plot, the remnant of an inner city housing block. On a 30 meter long one-story high base, two building volumes were placed on opposite sides, one being the ‘children’s house’ and the other serving as the ‘Parents house’. The two parts facing each other allow a connection with visible eye contact, but are physically separated.


Collective spaces for living, dining and playing are situated on the ground floor, meandering around two intimate courtyards. This setup establishes an immediate relation between ‘life inside and outside’, creating an oasis in the city. Towards the city, the introverted house reveals its inner side with two gigantic glass panes that also permit Dutch light to reach deep into the museum like spaces.

© Marcel van der Burg
Cite: "V12K0102 / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects" 12 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=167879>
  • Lukas

    It is really spectacular how they can make several houses next to each other, each looking completely different, yet all sharing execptional spacial and visual qualities.

    I love the connection between parents and childrens bedroom – most clients would object to separation because of long walk up and down but here the tarrace solves it easily.

    Also even though living room windows seemingly go out to the public area but in fact it is a low window and it doesn’t thread on users privacy that much.

    And of course gathering the rooms around the central garden with connection to both ground level areas and upper ones were always my favorite. I really think those are the qualities one should pursue when building a house and they distinguish it from a flat of the same price.

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    clean forms outside and inside! nice piece of architecture.

  • auto

    nice work guys, really clean and sophisticated architecture.

  • akannah saeed

    wonderful architecture….

  • Als

    I like it, well thought. Made too.