design studio FABRICations has completed the interior of an apartment in amsterdam, the netherlands. the ‘casco loft’ project aims to promote ideas of interaction and flexibility by encouraging shared spaces and the implementation of a flexible, open layout. the concept revolves around the idea of creating an open shell, or ‘casco’ in dutch, where suspended volumes are then inserted inside.
dining area with view over the entrance space
all images © jansje klazinga
the scheme by FABRICations retracts the upper floors to generate double height voids. this design intervention works to increase the amount of natural light gained into living spaces, while also providing cross ventilation, ensuring a high degree of passive environmental control while simultaneously generating an unconventional spatial experience.
view of the entrance space, adaptable to host flexible use and become a guest bedroom
each space has its own visual identity by employing a wide range of colors, textures and materials. different levels of transparency and separation are achieved by the use of metal meshes, wood, resin paint and methacrylate panels. the choice of unconventional materials for the interior, such as the metal mesh normally adopted in armored concrete, brings added value to the construction in terms of cost effectiveness, lightness and space occupation.
kitchen with translucent cabinets
the flexible layout has been designed to allow for a variety of visual and personal interactions. the dominant colors of the staircases and their prominent positioning within the house turn the act of vertical circulation into an adventurous journey. the entrance for example, can be turned into working space or additional living area, as it is located on a separate level. in the meantime, a guest bedroom is hidden in the colored volume at the entrance, ready to be used during night time. by creating multi-functional areas that can be altered according to the needs of the user, the design maximizes the value of every single square meter.
living area with double height zones
flexible storage space in the living area
access to the second floor, kitchen with translucent cabinets
access to the second floor
access to bedroom 1
physical model of the project showing a diagrammatic representation of the space distribution
project name: ‘casco loft’
project location: amsterdam, the netherlands
interior design: FABRICations
commisioner: iker gronheid & roy gisberts
design directors: eric frijters, olv klijn
design team: ivo clason, josé cocchiararo, nina mertanen
photography: jansje klazinga
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edited by: lynne myers | designboom
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