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Shower in white while enjoying the ivy
03 March 2010
Even if the Netherlands have long since been known as a very design-conscious country, modern architecture in downtown Amsterdam is a rarity and tends to hinge on exceptional projects. In Stylepark's opinion, this small house, with a GFA of 140 square meters, in the Singel district is precisely such a gem. Actually, this intimate single-room apartment does not seem to add up to much, as the interior has been reduced to the minimum necessary. A single room, kitchen and wardrobe next to the entrance, and a tiny bedroom with a bath toward the back next to the stairs up to the roof patio. The most striking feature about this minimalist abode is its "vertical garden", a wall covered in ivy that runs parallel to the wall with the windows. Designed by Dutch architects team i29 interior architects, the house stands out precisely for its plain indeed truly purist and restrained interior design. All fittings are purely the objects concerned, all of them made with compelling high-grade materials. A cocoon to live in that is no doubt culturally very familiar to the owner, who comes from Japan, but which calls for quite some discipline in everyday life if it is to remain looking so chic and beautiful in the future. Should this "less is more" at some point no longer be so pleasing, then there will no doubt be any number of interested parties lining up to buy it, surely...

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all photos courtesy of i29 l interior architects
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Shower in white while enjoying the ivy
03 March 2010
In a small house in Amsterdam, the interior fittings are in a restrained all-over white, and certainly recede into the background when they contrast with a green wall covered in ivy.
Even if the Netherlands have long since been known as a very design-conscious country, modern architecture in downtown Amsterdam is a rarity and tends to hinge on exceptional projects. In Stylepark's opinion, this small house, with a GFA of 140 square meters, in the Singel district is precisely such a gem. Actually, this intimate single-room apartment does not seem to add up to much, as the interior has been reduced to the minimum necessary. A single room, kitchen and wardrobe next to the entrance, and a tiny bedroom with a bath toward the back next to the stairs up to the roof patio. The most striking feature about this minimalist abode is its "vertical garden", a wall covered in ivy that runs parallel to the wall with the windows. Designed by Dutch architects team i29 interior architects, the house stands out precisely for its plain indeed truly purist and restrained interior design. All fittings are purely the objects concerned, all of them made with compelling high-grade materials. A cocoon to live in that is no doubt culturally very familiar to the owner, who comes from Japan, but which calls for quite some discipline in everyday life if it is to remain looking so chic and beautiful in the future. Should this "less is more" at some point no longer be so pleasing, then there will no doubt be any number of interested parties lining up to buy it, surely...

www.i29.nl