Renovation of an early twentieth century mansion into a luxurious apartment with a wellness floor and roof terrace. The combination of the classical ornaments, the generous decorated wooden elements and the newly added elements create a vigorously contrast.
Several breakthroughs in the load-bearing walls create circulation in the plan and connect the various living areas. From the sauna, steam cabin, bath and the jacuzzi on the roof terrace Chandler and Maarten can enjoy a spectacular view on the skyline of Rotterdam.

 
 
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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."

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Chandler Hatton

resident

"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!"

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jacqueline knudsen

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."

  the wooden deck folds open revealing the 'secret jacuzzi'

the wooden deck folds open revealing the 'secret jacuzzi'

  the roof terrace designed by EMMERIK garden design and research is confined within a large elevated green roof making it unnecessary to add a railing

the roof terrace designed by EMMERIK garden design and research is confined within a large elevated green roof making it unnecessary to add a railing

  sedum vegetation gives the roof a green character

sedum vegetation gives the roof a green character

 the wooden element containing the welness functions: bath tub, sauna and steam shower

the wooden element containing the welness functions: bath tub, sauna and steam shower

  the relatively small surface gets a spacious feel due to the possibility to walk around the element

the relatively small surface gets a spacious feel due to the possibility to walk around the element

  the skyline of Rotterdam as seen from the bed

the skyline of Rotterdam as seen from the bed

  the separation between the front and back of the house is a modern take on the classical en-suite

the separation between the front and back of the house is a modern take on the classical en-suite

  section of the apartment, loft and roofterrace

section of the apartment, loft and roofterrace

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  the bathroom is accessible from both siides, adding to the flexibility of the house

the bathroom is accessible from both siides, adding to the flexibility of the house

  plan of the roof terrace

plan of the roof terrace

  plan of the loft bedroom

plan of the loft bedroom

  plan of the living area

plan of the living area

  cross section of the apartment, loft and roof terrace

cross section of the apartment, loft and roof terrace

 

client
Chandler & Maarten

address
Graaf Florisstraat, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

completed
2014

contractor
Nelison, Berkel en Rodenrijs

collaborations
EMMERIK garden design and research (garden design rooftop)

advisors
IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs

role P·A
architect and interior architect

project photos
Ossip van Duivenbode en Jansje Klazinga