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 ground floor as the common area, where the entire family can come together

the ground floor as the common area, where the entire family can come together

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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

photo by P·A
the first floor with the lounge area, living room, guest rooms and the visual connection with the ground floor

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

the stairs connect all living activities

the stairs connect all living activities

the large sliding doors connecting the living room with the french balcony

the large sliding doors connecting the living room with the french balcony

the staircase as the connecting element between ground floor,

the staircase as the connecting element between ground floor,

the first floor,

the first floor,

and the second floor

and the second floor

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colorful bathrooms for the parents, children ánd guests

colorful bathrooms for the parents, children ánd guests

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making a family home of a separate house and an apartment

making a family home of a separate house and an apartment

 
ground floor

ground floor

first floor

first floor

second floor

second floor

 

client
Laura and Matteo

address
Zeeheldenkwartier, 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
Jansje Klazinga