You know the old adage: don't judge a book by its cover. There is no more fitting application of those cautionary words than for this residential renovation in the heart of Rotterdam. The quiet classical façade on treelined Graaf Florisstraat betrays nothing of the changes within.
Utilizing the ground floor connection with the back garden, PA expanded the interior space here to provide clear sight lines from front facade through to the rear. Due to the fact that street level being slightly higher than the back garden, this was accomplished with the insertion of a full tribune staircase from living and dining space at street level, to the kitchen, at ground floor, garden level. Thus, a clear visual and physical connection is drawn between interior and exterior space, providing ample breathing room in the ground floor plan, bridging the divide between semi-private and private space.
A split level study space can be accessed from the entry corridor. It overlooks the entire ground floor living area, providing a place for quiet reflection which is nevertheless connected to the life of the home. The first and second floor each have two spacious bedrooms, with sizeable storage and bathroom space.
In urban dwellings, space can sometimes be a little tight, but this renovation affords all the comforts of more expansive living within walking distance of Rotterdam's happening city centre.
Laurie & Joris
Graaf Florisstraat, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Constructie adviesbureau Booms
architect & interior architect