Architects Pasel and Kuenzel recently completed a number of buildings in Leiden in the Netherlands.
It is unusual for non-professional clients to commission buildings in Dutch city centres, for only a few years have passed since the Dutch government approved a law allowing private citizens to build 30% of the country’s new homes.
Development of the former slaughterhouse site in Leiden, one of Holland’s oldest university towns, exemplifies the new trend. In this context, in compliance with a rigid urban master plan, the architects designed 11 different homes built over shared parking garages. House V23K18 is the residential building on the southern corner of the block. Its principal feature is that the wall on the corner is covered with larch sunshades to shelter the house from the sun while ensuring the necessary privacy for a number of areas including an internal patio and a rooftop garden. The alternation of different heights gives the façade a sculptural look despite the building’s small size.
(by Agnese Bifulco)
Design: Pasel Kuenzel Architects
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands