Lake House as seen in Elle Decoration's winter issue on shelf now. Photographs KAREL BALAS/VEGAMG Styling JULIE BOUCHERAT

IJburg is one of Amsterdam’s newest neighbourhoods built on four artificial islands. It is here where Joris Brouwers and Nicky Zwaan designed their home from scratch.

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Lake House feature as seen in Elle Decoration winter issue on shelf now. Photographs KAREL BALAS/VEGAMG Styling JULIE BOUCHERAT

These two visual artists followed the eco-friendly route with a groundwater heat pump, non-toxic natural white clay plastered walls and soon to follow solar panels. The concrete, wood and glass structure houses high ceilings and interiors of neutral shades with bright pops of colour and collectables gathered from their travels.

Some sunlight can always make its way in: light and shadow play a drawn-out game of hide and seek

Natural light streams in through the immense glass window facade, allowing each of the three floors views of Lake IJ. The couple also placed windows in unexpected places throughout the home and this play of light in their home is Joris and Nicky’s favourite feature of the house they designed themselves.

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Lake House feature as seen in Elle Decoration winter issue on shelf now. Photographs KAREL BALAS/VEGAMG Styling JULIE BOUCHERAT

DECO’s favourite feature without a doubt is the suspended net hammock in the corner of the living room. What could be better than spending a warm winter’s day reading in the sunshine suspended high above day-to-day life with views out over the water?

Photographs KAREL BALAS/VEGAMG Styling JULIE BOUCHERAT Original Text MATHILDE MEZIÈRES


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