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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.

Drijf in Lelystad, Netherlands by Attika Architekten

 
November 14th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Attika Architekten

Drijf in Lelystad” consists of eight floating dwellings, for eight families in Lelystad, the Netherlands. Having lived on water in their childhood, these families always dreamt to live on water again. The families united in a collective partnership called “Drijf in Lelystad” (Float in Lelystad) and commissioned Attika Architekten to design eight different but matching floating homes. The municipality of Lelystad, a New Town in a polder 4,8 metres under sea level, provided a water location by widening an existing ditch (poldersloot).

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

  • Architects: Attika Architekten
  • Project: Drijf in Lelystad
  • Location: Oeverzegge 1-15, Lelystad, the Netherlands
  • Photography: Bart van Hoek
  • Client: CPO Drijf in Lelystad
  • Engineer: Ingenieursburo Meijer & Joustra bv, Heerenveen
  • Installations: Breman, Kampen
  • Year: 2012
  • Area: 160-200m²
  • Contractor: ABC Arkenbouw

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Since the families all had their own specific requirements and wishes, each dwelling got its own characteristic size, colour and shape. Direct contact with the water was leading in each design: unobstructed views, split level, abundant daylight, water reflections on walls and ceilings, water terraces on different levels and direct access to the water.

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

The façade panels are composed of matching colours. The palette of colours let the dwellings blend into the natural surroundings. All dwellings have two basic colours, thus providing coherence. Colour accents, chosen by the owners,  make one dwelling stand out from the other, giving the homes their individual character.

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

The floating homes were built in Urk, 40 kilometres away from Lelystad. They were constructed in timber frame on concrete caissons and towed over water to their destination. The size of the narrowest lock determined the width of the houses: 6,9 meters.

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Bart van Hoek

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

Image Courtesy © Attika Architekten

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