IJburg Block 14
Block 14 lies at a unique location within the Haveneiland grid, consisting of streets and closed blocks. Due to the slight change of angle of the site, the block has a trapezium shape. Taking into account the scant depth and the exceptionally positive conditions along the edges, it was logical to situate as many houses as possible along the banks and to allocate maximum openness to the inner area. As a consequence, the houses profit fully from their situation on the IJ Water and also have a direct relationship with the more sheltered, semi-public inner area. The court is connected to the quay via a spacious platform stairway. The difference in height at the site offers the possibility of generating extraordinary transitions between public and private areas. In addition to single-family dwellings with access to gardens, an unusual type of house has been introduced: the 'Zwebo', which is an abbreviation of the Dutch for 'floating single-family upstairs apartment'.