Beautifully blending architecture with nature, this contemporary house by Marc Koehler Architects was designed as a vertical garden in a concrete jungle. The house in IJburg, Amsterdam, features various spaces seemingly “carved out” from a “monolithic sculptural mass” in a series of open and private spaces, as described by the architect, which unifies all elements of this contemporary design – the exterior, interior, and of course, the unique vertical garden and large rooftop terrace. The facade incorporates brick work for visual interest as well as to accommodate growing greenery. Interiors are bright with natural light. The contemporary layout features a main floor housing three bedrooms, a bathroom, a powder room and a large multi-purpose space. Upstairs, a kitchen, dining area and large living area offer views of the surrounding city and garden just outside the expansive windows. Marc Koehler Architects.