Best friends Nasredin and Mansour, both of whom grew up in the neighborhood, couldn’t stand it any longer: with the purchase of this striking building they put an end to years of abandonment and dilapidation. “By restoring this building to its original splendor we want to make a contribution to the neighborhood. But to realize all this, the business case must be solid.” P·A transformed the building into a café with three chic urban apartments. The transformation of the building played a key role in the redevelopment of the adjacent square and upgrades to other buildings in the street.

 
 
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Nasredin Haddouch

private investor and director of a physical therapy clinic

"Together with a friend I bought this building – in hindsight it was in a fairly dilapidated state at the time. Fortunately we came to P·A. They not only came up with an architectural design, but helped us to find a program that would provide optimal return on our investment whilst at the same time making a positive contribution to the neighborhood. It’s really become an eye catcher! In the meantime we’ve embarked on a new adventure together with P·A!"

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Ronald Lageweg

façade restoration specialist


"I love old bricks, and more often than not I have to explain why monumental beaded mortar joints (‘knipvoeg’) is worth the extra investment when restoring an old façade. But that’s not necessary with Maarten and Sander. I really appreciate how P·A shows respect for old buildings."

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glenn severin

director and co-founder Loftly (short stay rentals)

"We don’t often find apartments with such a smart layout or such a high level of finishing (sadly for us). Perfect apartments for expats: compact, luxurious and with typical Dutch characteristics. Within a week we’d found renters for all three!"

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artist impression of the café

artist impression of the café

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artist impression of the café and the extra floor

artist impression of the café and the extra floor

artist impression of the restaurant bar

artist impression of the restaurant bar

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Personal-Architecture-the pub down the street-Middellandplein.jpg
plan of the ground floor café

plan of the ground floor café

plan of the extra floor in the café

plan of the extra floor in the café

first floor plan

first floor plan

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second floor plan

second floor plan

third floor plan

third floor plan

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sketch of the first idea

sketch of the first idea

model of café

model of café

model of ground floor

model of ground floor

 

client
Nasredin & Mansour

address
Middellandplein, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

completed
2017

contractor
BOSPORUS bouw, Rotterdam / Van Laarhoven Sloopwerken / Lageweg & Engel Gevelrenovatie, Rotterdam

collaborations
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advisors
Constructie adviesbureau Booms

publications
coming soon

role P·A
architect & interior architect

project photos
Loftly & P·A