In every profession, there is the ideal dream that you envision the professional having. Examples would include a race car driver having the fastest car known to man, and an architect having a supremely designed abode that would make every other architect envious.
Hans van Heeswijk, a Dutch architect has done just that with the design of his own home – the Rieteiland House, a gorgeous glass home that sits waterside and looks like it belongs in the best Mission Impossible movie to date.
The newly developed island of IJburg near Amsterdam houses the perforated aluminum panel clad home, which lets natural light into the home in all the right interior spaces. The beauty of the home is that the street view houses the paneling while the water view is completely exposed with floor to ceiling glass.
A delightful mingling of architectural features that undoubtedly the architect designed purposefully, the two facades is a marriage of gorgeous materials and form.
“This large, light-filled home was a labor of love for van Heeswijk, who challenged himself to push the limits of his abilities and the materials and methods used. The home is clad in perforated aluminum panels and the rear is entirely glazed, so that residents can watch the sun set.”…Design Milk
The floor plan is laid out with a central spine throughout the home and functional entities such as storage, bathrooms, and laundry chute feed of this main area of the home. The addition of a dumb waiter enables items to be transported through the central spine of the home easily and effortlessly.
There is no doubt that Hans van Heeswijk has built a home that reflects his personal design style and takes advantages of the surrounding site features beautifully.
It’s no wonder that the Amsterdam Architecture Prize for 2012 has nominated the Rieteiland House for a design award this year! Just gorgeous.
All photo credits: Hans van Heeswijk