Architects Pasel and Kuenzel built a number of homes in Leiden in the Netherlands, all different and all built above public garages. House V23K16 takes into account two of the basic needs of city homes: light and space. The structure is divided into two parts, easily recognisable due to the differences in the materials used on the facades: the first, larger part contains the bedrooms and living room, lit up by strong>sunlight through the tall windows in their walls. The second part is long and narrow and contains service areas: the bathrooms, the kitchen, the utility room and the stairway. The roof is not flat but slightly inclined to let more light into the bedrooms and allow people to watch the stars while sheltering the rooftop garden from the view of neighbours and people on the street.
Design: Pasel Kuenzel Architects
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands