Truly magnificent house surrounded by idyllic landscapes and waterways. One of many memorable evenings spent with our dearest friends, The Murphy's. Enjoying Cosmopolitans, Mai Tai's, the occasional G&T and "surprise me" cocktails. Artwork by John Yianni www.yydesign.nl
My Sodae House
The SODAE-House is the house of the architect. The site is a private island at an intersection of waterways, south of Amsterdam. It is one of the precious pieces of unspoiled polder landscape, left open just outside the city. If the current trend of rapid urbanisation continues, it will soon be one of the last pieces of characteristic Dutch landscape in this part of the Netherlands. It is the choice of this particular spot, that is to say the perception of the landscape, which has dictated the character of the design.
According to the principle of a bunker – to see but not to be seen – the house is placed as a massive object in the landscape, sunk into the grass. While it seems hermetically sealed from its surroundings, it optimises important circumstantial views on all sides, perceiving the landscape in a panoramic way. In doing so, it takes full advantage of the distant buildings of the Zuidas business area, the ‘skyscrapers’ southeast of Amsterdam as well as views of the aircrafts travelling to and from the airport.
The simple form of the house originates from the creative interpretation of the building regulations. The obligatory use of sloping roofs on two sides, intent with making houses conform to a traditional style, is to make innovative designs almost impossible. However, by applying these rules in a different manner, a new and contemporary form was conceived.
The house has three floors. The living room and kitchen are arranged in a loft-like space on the first floor, thereby profiting from the best views. The more intimate areas (bedrooms and bathrooms) are situated on the ground floor, orientated towards the garden on the backside. The basement contains an additional programme such as a fitness room and a home cinema.
Vertically, the house is divided in a children’s part and a part for the parents. Each part has its own entrance, sanitary rooms and staircase. In the centre of the house, the two parts come together in a 2-in-1 bathroom. The intertwining of the two provides enough privacy for both parties, while at the same time makes it possible to share early morning and evening rituals. The upper and lower levels are used equally by both children and parents, but have their own connections with (access to) the rest of the house.
With this type of organisation the house combines collective and private use in a subtle way. At the same time, the design of the house as a whole, combines phenomenal views with luxury and privacy. As a rural object in the landscape; the island acts as the plinth.
The SODAE-House is the house of architect Don Murphy, co-founder and director of the Dutch VMX Architects. In a nature area close to Amsterdam, he designed the 500m2 house for himself and his family. Displaying some exceptional contemporary Dutch architecture!
The site is a private island at a crossing of waterways and overlooking the precious green landscape. According to the principle of a bunker, the house is placed as a massive object in the landscape. The large windows are soaking the house in natural light and make you feel like being outside.
The living room and kitchen are both situated in a loft-like space on the first floor. The bedrooms are on the ground floor, orientated towards the garden on the backside. Each with their own entrance, sanitary rooms and staircase. The basement contains an additional fitness room and a home cinema.
This very special abode features an intriguing exterior design made by VMX Architects and it can be found in Amstelveen, The Netherlands on a private island south of Amsterdam. The house was built following the principle of a bunker, providing clear, unobstructed views of its surroundings while being sheltered by the encircling natural landscape.
The residence has three floors and it features a contemporary design that comprises straight lines and simple shapes on the outside, as well as modern, minimalistic furnishings and decorations inside. The living room and the kitchen can be found on the first floor in a loft-like setting, benefiting from the exquisite views of Amsterdam’s “skyscrapers” or the distant Zuidas business area. The bathrooms and the bedrooms are placed in a more intimate area, overlooking a beautiful garden while the basement comprises entertainment facilities such as the home cinema and an exercise room.
The house features two separate areas that are divided vertically, one for the parents and one for the children, each having its own separate staircase, bathroom and entrance. However, these areas do connect in a central spot, in a 2-in-1 bathroom, emphasizing both privacy and connectivity between the parents and their children, all thanks to a very well thought and ingenious layout.
The private location, luxurious amenities and incredible interior design all blend ensuring a perfect living environment and a wonderful place to call home.
Sodae House by VMX Architects in Amstelveen, Netherlands was completed in 2009. The bunker-like house is located on a private island at an intersection of waterways, south of Amsterdam. Photography: VMX Architects.