Negotiating the transition from the large-scale open space of the harbour and quay, to the intimacy of the domestic sphere, a new type of interstitial space has been designed as part of the Noordbuurt blocks in Amsterdam IJburg. The Dutch cliché of the open curtains, allowing people to see into the interior of the home, is still often reflected in design schemes for ground floor living. The reality, however, is that from the moment of inhabitation windows at street level are mostly screened. To anticipate this need for privacy, the dwellings of the perimeter blocks have been conceived with an interface; a sheltered outdoor space from which residents can engage with the street. Closable by means of a large garage door, they can decide what part of their domestic life to reveal, and when. 

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