Take a look at this unusual home designed by Don Murphy, a partner at the Amsterdam-based office VMX Architects.
"Sodae-House" is located in a nature area between Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, on Kostverlorenkade 1 - an island measuring 1200 square metres.
The starting point for the concept was the perception of the landscape and the views which could be enjoyed from this rather unusual location. Visible from the island are the distant high buildings of the Zuid As and the Rembrandt Tower as well as the view of the aeroplanes travelling to and from Schiphol. Jewel-like in shape, the house forms an object in the landscape; and the island it sits on acts as the plinth.
Internally, the living room and kitchen are arranged in a loft-like space on the first floor. The more intimate areas such as bedrooms and bathrooms are situated on the ground floor, orientated towards the garden towards the rear of the building, and the basement space is also utilised; containing a fitness room, library and a home cinema.