V36K0809 / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

© Marcel van der Burg

Architect: pasel.kuenzel architects
Location: Leiden,
Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, F. Sack
Structural Engineer: IMD, Rotterdam
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Nieuwe Maten, Wormerveer
Client: Private
Project area: 285 m2 + 81 m2 roof terrace
Project year: 2006-10
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

© Marcel van der Burg

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.

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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.

© Marcel van der Burg

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 tranquillity, a living space that is generous and open, where inside and outside merge into each other.

Cite: "V36K0809 / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects" 11 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=87779>
  • munter roe

    Liking the dark zinc, tastier than the tin grey stuff. Bravo

  • munter roe

    Does anyone know the window material? Is it composite frame?