24H Architects is back with their brand new project design designing some houses in Nieuw Leyden, which is in the north of the city of Leiden, in The Netherlands. This project is to design two ecological houses which is based on the urban plan of Nieuw Leyden. The actual urban plan is actually involved so many architect to design the building block consists of 18 houses, and 24H Architects becomes the honorable architect to participate this plan. The design is to maximize the high density of the area and maximizing daylight during the day, a so-called ‘canyon’ is introduced trough the high and the width of the street which is minimal.
The canyon flows through the house and encloses the stairs. It’s orientated in a way that light falls to the lower floors. The walls of the canyon are used to divide the house into the necessary spaces. No other walls are placed thus the canyon is present in every room. Where desired, the canyon becomes transparent and filters the daylight. Where needed, it’s closed and allows toilets and bathrooms to be placed behind its walls. The facade is an echo of the canyon. Where the canyon is projected, Corten steel is used instead of the certified wood that is applied to the rest of the facade. via