Houseboat at amsterdam brigantijnkade

Amsterdam houseboat

Brigantijnkade

Amsterdam Brigantijnkade

Length10,00 m Width6.90 m
Height7.30 m Volume417 m3
Surface147 m2

Jumping in at the deep end

A floating dream house on IJburg

"At first, it felt like jumping in at the deep end. We didn't know any houseboat manufacturers, of course. We knew nothing about building on the water and the city imposed a lot of requirements - and rightly so. Moreover, we both have busy jobs and we felt we needed a builder who would offer advice - both when we asked and when we didn't - without requiring a major time investment on our part.

Our wish list included lots of glass and a view of the water. We wanted sober, modern, light spaces with a warm atmosphere. The design was based on the model residence that the architect Alexander Henny of AquaTecture designed for ABC.

Via the dock and entrance, you walk into the big open living space. The living space and big kitchen are in complete harmony. The kitchen table is high and is an extension of the kitchen counter. The cabinets are concealed in the clean, high-gloss white wall. The windows are placed ideally to offer a wonderful view outside.

The imposing stairwell leads to the upper and lower floors. The latter accommodates four bedrooms and a luxury bathroom. The top floor boasts a wonderful lounge, offering ample space for relaxed dinners. The children have space to watch TV and play games. The large sliding door opens onto a spacious roof terrace.