Our clients Joyce and Jeroen had big plans for this traditional late 19th century residence. The building was in very bad condition, so a complete restoration of the foundation and supporting structure was essential. In a rigorous redesign, P·A made optimal use of the building’s lavish floor-to-ceiling heights to create additional stories, mezzanines and voids. The contrast between the street side and garden side of the redesigned residence calls attention to the relationship between the classic architecture of the 19th century and the contemporary style. On the street side, the house has been fully restored to its original state, with three tall stories and classic details. On the garden side, the building undergoes a complete metamorphosis. The full 11 meters of the rear façade is glazed and the floor is pulled back from the façade to create a triple-high ceiling, allowing daylight to pour into every room.
"Early on we weren’t sure if it would all work out. The new design that P·A suggested was quite extreme… Frankly, I was enthusiastic about it from the very first presentation – I have a soft spot for architecture and design. But my husband, who works in the financial sector, had to warm up to the idea. In the end we were both right: the remodel turned out to be a bit more expensive and took a bit longer than we’d originally hoped, but we haven’t regretted it for one second. I don’t think we could ever live somewhere else."
published in MARU, a Korean 'interior, lifestyle design' magazine - volume 153, December 2014
"The tension between antique features and modern techniques is very evident in the redesign plan. The interplay of voids, the split levels and the glass facade, all create a spectacular drama between interior and exterior on the one hand, and between the existing and new floors on the other."
architect and construction manager
"During our first visit to the house I saw that the structural conduction was terrible: the foundation was in need of replacement and the back wall was caving in. Ironically, this provided opportunity. We presented Joyce and Jeroen an important choice: do you want a nice, sound architectural plan or do you want a house that’s unlike one you’ll ever find anywhere else?"
Joyce & Jeroen
Van Merlenstraat, The Hague, The Netherlands
Kokke Aannemersbedrijf B.V., Nijmegen / Interdam, Ridderkerk
ATKO advies en engineering
architect, interior architect, project manager & contractor
René de Wit & Jansje Klazinga