Silence in the city – A cocoon in Amsterdam's Canal District

In the shared garage of the house on the canal, all kind of vehicles are coming and going. Bicycles, skates and longboards, scooters, a motorcycle and a tiny city car that only just fits in. The space behind is quiet. The former lightwell, now covered, was only being used as a back entrance and for storage space. A steep staircase leads to a modest street side studio. Other than that, not much is happening here, except for abundant daylight striking the flaking walls.
In the serenity of this forgotten passage, Équipe created a space for the modern urban nomad. After some drinks in the bar around the corner, this working traveler can crash in a contemporary cupboard-bed, hanging over the alley like a cocoon. A small staircase leads to the floating bed plateau illuminated by a skylight. Once the sliding doors are closed, you are secluded. Then it is just you and your view of the canal houses' facades and the sky above.

The main material is straightforward plywood. Next to this light coloured birch wood, two other colours were used: Little Green's Aquamarine and a pop-off colour orient red. Jung's light switches, in Le Corbusier colour “Rouge Vermillon 31”, set the tone. Inspired by the string lights, vintage light fixtures have been repainted and fitted with red fabric cables. Those red lines leading to the custom winder block, create a playful graphic pattern along the walls.

The expert will note that the red fence reveals Dom van der Laan's harmonious series of proportions. The composition of wooden volumes is also based on this three-dimensional expression of the golden ratiio. That harmony brings with it a tranquility that allows the silence of the city to sink in.


"Space is allowing something time to recover, it is a breeze of absence floating on the waves of a whispering city."

from: A World Without People, Gershwin Bonevacia, City Poet of Amsterdam 2020

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a floating cocoon

once the sliding doors are closed, you are secluded

inside the cocoon - a contemporary cupboard-bed

design based on Dom van der Laan's harmonious series of proportions

detail

entering the cocoon

before & after

under the floating cocoon

Inspired by the string lights, vintage light fixtures have been repainted and fitted with red fabric cables.

Laying in the cocoon and gazing view of the canal houses' facades and the sky above

detail

Revolt chair with arms by Friso Kramer

materiality

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the method: Dom van der Laan's harmonious series of proportions

method on plans

plans

Architect
  • Équipe Amsterdam
Interior Design
Builder
  • Maverickbouw & Kluster interieurbouw
Photographer
Bedrooms
  • 1
  • Year
  • 2020
  • Square Feet
  • 130