Rotterdam-based studio 24H Architects has designed two townhouses in Leiden, a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland in The Netherlands. According to the architects, the facade of each home, obviously inspired by the Art Nouveau style, is an echo of the “canyon” that “flows through the house and encloses the stairs. The density of the area is high and the width of the street is minimal. To provide its inhabitants with maximal daylight during the day, a so-called ‘canyon’ is introduced. The canyon flows through the house and encloses the stairs. It’s orientated in a way that light falls to the lower floors. The walls of the canyon are used to divide the house into the necessary spaces. No other walls are placed thus the canyon is present in every room. Where desired, the canyon becomes transparent and filters the daylight. Where needed, it’s closed and allows toilets and bathrooms to be placed behind its walls. The facade is an echo of the canyon. Where the canyon is projected, Corten steel is used instead of the certified wood that is applied to the rest of the facade.”


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