A floating steel staircase, voids, split-levels, a loggia with a floor-high folding window, a glass floor, walls and ceilings covered with oak wooden parts ... this radical transformation in The Hague has all the ingredients that make our architecture-loving heart beat faster!

When the Italian-Canadian couple Laura and Matteo first came to us they were facing a dilemma: either staying in their house and make it fit their needs, or moving to a similar though more practical house.
Our design showed the potential of their house and at the same time they had the opportunity to buy the apartment next to theirs. The possibility to add more space to the upper levels of the house made them confident they could stay in this house and make it fit their needs. Laura, Matteo and their children have just moved into their transformed family house and can not imagine ever wanting to live somewhere else!

 
 
  the visual connection between the second and first floor is strengthened by the glass floor

the visual connection between the second and first floor is strengthened by the glass floor

  the ground floor as a busy common area, where everyone comes together

the ground floor as a busy common area, where everyone comes together

  the mezzanine as the children’s property; connected with both the ground and first floor

the mezzanine as the children’s property; connected with both the ground and first floor

  a lot of visual and physical connections are created

a lot of visual and physical connections are created

  the first floor with the lounge area, living room, guest rooms and of course the visual connection with the ground floor

the first floor with the lounge area, living room, guest rooms and of course the visual connection with the ground floor

whenever the huge sliding doors are opened, dining room and garden become one

  a rooftop terrace with an amazing view on the city centre of the Hague

a rooftop terrace with an amazing view on the city centre of the Hague

 
  the staircase just after completion

the staircase just after completion

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  the dining room and kitchen have a strong connection to the garden

the dining room and kitchen have a strong connection to the garden

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  ground floor

ground floor

  mezzanine (split level floor)

mezzanine (split level floor)

  first floor

first floor

  second floor

second floor

  roof terrace

roof terrace

 

client
Laura and Matteo

address
Westerbaenstraat, The Hague, The Netherlands

completed
2018

contractor
Rog’s Onderhoud, The Hague (main contractor) / Volders B.V., Bavel (staircase) / Daggenvoorde Interieur (kitchen)

advisors
Constructie adviesbureau Booms, Delft / Bureau Broersma, The Hague (structural engineers)

role P·A
architect, interior architect, landscape architect, project management & construction management

project photos
P·A