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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Modern Houseboat in Amsterdam, Netherlands by +31Architects

May 17th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

This tautly designed houseboat floats in the Amstel river of Amsterdam. The design has, unlike most floating houses, a very contemporary design without losing the characteristic appearance of the typical houseboat. The clients get a lot of positive reactions. It sometimes happens that people who pass by boat knock on the windows and ask if they can enter the boat.

Modern Houseboat

  • Architects: +31Architects
  • Project: Modern Houseboat
  • Location: Omval 4, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Project team: Jasper Suasso de Lima de Prado and Jorrit Houwert
  • Client: Private

Modern Houseboat

  • Construction: Pieters bouwtechniek,  Alferink-van Schieveen
  • Building contractor: Dijkhuis Aannemersbedrijf b.v. /  Ardesch, Hardenberg, The Netherlands
  • Cabinet maker: Forsa meubels, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Key materials: Aluminium cladding by Reynobond and Aluminium Windows by Sapa
  • Built-up floor area: 197 sqm
  • Year of completion: 2010
  • Photography: +31architects and Iwan Baan

Modern Houseboat

Living on the water is more and more popular in Holland. The clients/ owners who come to our office always love the typical charms and characteristics of living on the water but don’t like the standard “caravan” appearance of the existing houseboats. More and more people want to live on a contemporary houseboat that has been designed for their specific needs; the houseboat at De Omval is an obvious example of this wish.

Stairs View

The clients wanted a boat with an open floor plan where they could enjoy the views to the water and the outdoor space to a maximum. The distinguished curved line of the facade directly derives from this desire and the restriction that the boat couldn’t be more than three meters above the water.

Stairs View

The living area and open kitchen are located on the waterfront. From here one has a panoramic view at the Amstel and you can enter the floating terrace. Following on from the living area and kitchen the bedroom is located on a split level. The split level introduces an open route to the ground floor of the boat and, at the same time, makes it possible to create a terrace on the south side without exceeding the maximum building height.

Image Courtesy Iwan Baan

To accentuate the round lines of the facade it is carried out in with shiny aluminum. The white plastered walls and ceilings follow the curve of the facade creating a seamless transition from the exterior to the interior.

Image Courtesy Iwan Baan

+31ARCHITECTS is a young and multidisciplinary office operating in the fields of architecture, interior design and urbanism. +31ARCHITECTS is undertaking a variety of work of a variety of scales and values. +31ARCHITECTS doesn’t see it merely as their task to deepen and translate the space allocation program into a design but also give the client an insight into the possible potentials which lie in the assignment. The dialogue between client and architect is essential with each type of assignment.


+31ARCHITECTS strives in her way of working to a fully accompany of the assignment from design to delivery. We cooperate on project base with a team of consultants.

+31ARCHITECTS stands for a clear design were the form has been worked out into every detail. The Work of +31ARCHITECTS shows a variety of assignments with key words as: openness, clarity, order, material use and details. Just like the relation between interior and exterior these terms are inextricable connected to each other.

+31ARCHITECTS was founded by Jasper Suasso de Lima de Prado and Jorrit Houwert.  They both graduated 2001 at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands).

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