Architect Pieter Weijnen created an enigmatic blue-green 'fairytale boat' which hovers above the ground floor of this house located in Steigereiland, one of seven artificial islands dredged from Amsterdam’s IJ Lake in IJburg. From below, the color and texture of the copper plates, with their beautiful verdigris, form a scaly sculptural centerpiece for the house, articulating and enhancing the vertical thrust of the space rather than interrupting it. Above on the secong storey, the 'boat' houses the family and work areas.
The combination of baroque and minimalist elements is typical of the design palette of Carola Vannini from Carola Vannini Architecture.
The inventive use of materials, a sense of place and social agenda – qualities often considered mutually exclusive in architecture – co-exist with ease in the dynamic work of Iranian-born sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri (Hariri and Hariri). The living and dining spaces of this Park Avenue loft are defined by 2 sculptural folding planes which demarcate different areas while accommodating lighting in an inconspicuous manner.