Pasel.Kuenzel Architects designed a number of new homes in Leiden. A recent home built on a lot measuring only 7 x 15 metres, closed in on the sides, required a high degree of privacy even while taking advantage of the full width of the lot on the side on the street to add floor-to-ceiling windows.
The architects designed spaces with varying degrees of privacy from the outside to the inside of the home. On the ground floor, for example, they created an outdoor area sheltered against the weather by the overhanging upper level in which to store bicycles or search for the keys before going inside. There are also chairs outside where the inhabitants can sit and talk to their neighbours. But in the bedrooms on the first floor, where greater privacy is necessary, changing over the course of the day, the architects designed a filter consisting of wooden panels. The panels can be adjusted one by one to allow the inhabitants to determine exactly the amount of daylight and the degree of privacy they want. The filter becomes the most important element in the project, transforming the first floor into a wooden box resting on the lower level. The roof of the house is a panoramic roof-top patio with spectacular views of the city centre of Leiden.
Architect: Pasel.Kuenzel Architects, Rotterdam, Berlin, München
Photos: Marcel van der Burg
Location: Nieuw Leyden, Leiden, Netherlands