Villa MW

All about the Views

Located on a canal, next to a small marina, and in a green new neighborhood of Amsterdam, Villa MW is all about the views. Part of a row of one-off houses for individual clients, the brick of the ground-floor front facade was a given of the area plan, a feature that connects all the houses in the neighborhood.

Time span2013 - 2017
Size232 m²
LocationAmsterdam, NL
TypeInteriors, Living
Partners in charge
Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper
Project team
Ryanne Janssen
Landscape architect
Structural and Geotechnical Engineer
Jura limestone clads the upper floor

Even while our villa protects our clients’ privacy, it embraces the great outdoors.

Stijn Kemper

Space for Reflection

The tombac front door viewed from inside

Space for Reflection

We pierced the brick wall, which extends on two sides, to frame various views, and on top added a Jura limestone box cut by panels of glass and wooden slats and dotted with projecting balconies.

Responding to the waterfront setting, our Villa MW is a reflective building, the more so where it opens to its environment. The closed façade of the ground floor with its brick and tall front door in glossy tombac is softly reflective, while the projecting first floor mirrors the sky with the expanses of glass of its large windows and balconies, beautifully framed by Jura limestone. Inside, natural materials – wood, plaster, natural stone – make the most of the abundant daylight.

Walnut and Glass

A relaxing space with view on the canal
Living room with intimate niche in the background
Kitchen in American walnut, wengé and Nero Marquina
Kitchen with garden views
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Stepping Up

The staircase beneath the skylight

Stepping Up

A sculptural staircase connects the two floors and is bathed in daylight thanks to the skylight above. Wood is used throughout the interior: oak for the staircase steps and handrail, and walnut and wengé wood for all the “permanent furniture” (cupboards, shelving, headboards and divides) of the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. The quietly luxurious materialization raises the whole atmosphere of the villa. The natural marble seating elements here echo the Jura limestone used for the facade of the upper floor.

Sunlight pours out from the skylight

Sunlit Sanctuary

Master bedroom with canal views
Walnut wood frames the bed
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The brick facade was a requirement. We made it a vital part of the design by playing with its height.

Stijn Kemper
Natural materials inside the bathroom

Marvelous Masonry

Ground Floor

First Floor


Our design responds to its location by creating a range of viewpoints and perspectives.

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