Rotterdam is a rapidly growing metropolitan renowned for a skyline quite unlike that of other Dutch cities. A view of the skyline from your kitchen window is a coveted real estate feature, but when you don't have that, you go to the roof.
A fully fit out roof terrace with a secret jacuzzi, green roof offset with integrated seating, and a jaw-dropping view of Rotterdam, is just one of the crowning features of P·A's renovation of a early twentieth century Graaf Floristraat mansion into a luxurious modern apartment.
A few strategic perforations in the load-bearing walls of the living area plan enhance circulation and connection between the functional spaces, while still articulating the separation between these different "rooms". A central, wood-panelled wellness element on the penthouse level not only houses a king-sized bed, but a jacuzzi, sauna and steam shower. The combination of classical ornamentation, and these modern wooden elements creates a dramatic contrast.
emmy VAN dantzig
editor of 'Eigen Huis & Interieur'
"Space for the unexpected - Maarten and his girlfriend Chandler have a preference for unusual projects, such as a huge Barbie-like doll from the 1970’s in their dining room that looks concentrated on a miniature terrarium. And the legs of a mannequin in the air of the bedroom. Chandler and Maarten love things with a story which are made with craftsmanship."
"It is a wonderful house to live in, it breathes ‘joie de vivre’. The balance between the character of the 100 year old house and the new additions is very powerful. What I like is the great contrast between the stately, somewhat introverted second floor and the modern fourth floor in which the view of the city is the key. The roof terrace with jacuzzi is obviously decadent, but our goal is to let as many friends as possible enjoy it with us!"
editor of 'Architectuur NL'
"During the renovation, Polkamp has made a strong contrast between Art Nouveau ornamentation in stucco ceilings and doors and the sleek design of the new elements. Breakthroughs in the walls between middle and side aisles connect the living spaces with each other. The top floor has been transformed into a sleeping floor with wellness facilities. A jazucci sunk in the roof forms the pearl on the crown; lying in warm bubbling water, you can enjoy the skyline of Rotterdam undisturbed here."
Chandler & Maarten
Graaf Florisstraat, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Nelison, Berkel en Rodenrijs
EMMERIK garden design and research (garden design rooftop)
IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs
architect and interior architect
Ossip van Duivenbode en Jansje Klazinga