The “Steel Study House No. 2” is by no means a normal detached house. Full of character and generous in design, its very appearance means that it stands out from the other waterfront properties in Leeuwarden’s new Zuiderburen district. The architecture of the building aims to combine urban living with an unhindered view of some beautiful scenery.
Its most striking feature is the rectangular building shell made of prefabricated white steel components and white Reynobond® aluminium composite panels. For modern structures such as the “Steel Study House No. 2”, Reynobond® is the ideal material. It is lighter than steel, but particularly resistant to the vagaries of the weather, as well as retaining its shape well. In addition, it is easy to process and install. The luminosity of the white, combined with the way in which interiors and exterior are merged into one, gives the building its distinct airy and elegant character.
The architects, Archipelontwerpers, have ensured the design of the road frontage of the house would preserve the privacy of the Pesie family. The house is reached via an ascending gangway. A descending slope leads down to the underground garage. The gangway accesses the south side of the house, which features an inner patio area of good proportions. The patio area is the central feature of the house, and a gangway connects this with the water. All rooms are designed to be accessed from the patio and have a view of the water.
The “Steel Study House No. 2” has one more special feature: with an area of 750 m2 the house takes up just about the entire area of the property. This means there is no garden in the traditional sense, but a generously proportioned covered patio instead, as well as a veranda, giving plenty of space to enjoy the fresh air, sun and water.