Lighthouse / BYTR Architects

  • 01:00 - 11 January, 2012
Lighthouse / BYTR Architects, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Architects

  • Location

    Utrecht, Hà Lan
  • Project Team

    Tjerk van de Wetering, Richel Lubbers, Dominique Vermeulen
  • Client

  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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From the architect. A corner house on one of the prettiest locations along the canal is provided with a new living layer in a metal rooftop extension. A glass wall is wrapped with a light, perforated aluminum skin. Windows occasionally pinch through this layer or are covered by it, providing various degrees of openness and closeness.

© Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

By putting the perforated aluminum panels upside down, looks into the building are prevented. A interesting play of light emerges: at night, the metal is lit from the back while in the day, the perforations provide diffuse daylight into the interior. The rooftop terrace, acting as a herb garden, provides a good view over the canal. Because this terrace is sunk into the ceiling of the kitchen, the relation of the adjacent living-kitchen and terrace is strengthened. Terrace and kitchen come within reach, despite of the difference in level.

© Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

The stairwell void is occupied by an impressive vertical book closet. The bookshelves transform into an easy, transparent stairs, wide enough to be used as a reading bench.

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