Investors have turned their attention to Rotterdam. One such young Amsterdam investor approached P·A for advice to transform two historic buildings to his own Rotterdam home and cost-effective rental spaces. P·A investigated various scenarios and concluded that a mix of flexible office space on the ground floor and rental accommodation underneath a luxurious penthouse would best suit the clients' needs.

We have worked alongside our client to transform two adjacent canal houses in Rotterdam's historic Delfshaven, into one multifunctional, future proof complex with two spacious one bedroom rental apartments and ground floor office space which generates long term income. On the upper two floors is the clients' luxurious two-floor, two bedroom penthouse with roof deck. Joining the two canal houses on the upper second and third floors created an unusually broad living space which accommodates various functions: office, guest accommodation, workout room, and living and dining. On the first floor, two apartments with a spacious roof terrace provide high quality guest or rental accommodation in a city with a housing shortage.

The ground floor houses office space with restrooms, meeting rooms and an outdoor terrace, as well as parking for the principal occupant. All of these features ensure that investment into the property is relevant for the market in the long term, and both comfortable and attractive for current occupation.

 
 
 
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erwin franken

client
 

"I was looking for advisors that could take everything off my hands. P·A thought along with me about how to optimize my building. They then made the design, arranged the permits and managed construction. I had minimal involvement – exactly what I was looking for!"

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Sander van Schaik

architect and construction manager at P·A

"All things considered, it was a complex assignment. The buildings were in extremely poor condition going in, and we wanted them to fulfil exceedingly high standards in terms of comfort, sustainability and quality. Keeping the general contractor and subcontractors motivated as hurdles arose and market prices soared was a challenge. Fortunately, everyone will have forgotten that a year from now – by then only the final result will count, and what a result that is!"

 

 
important in the vision of the municipality was that the individual character of the two houses was kept while combining them into one property. In our proposal we chose a different colour scheme for both apartments to achieve this

important in the vision of the municipality was that the individual character of the two houses was kept while combining them into one property. In our proposal we chose a different colour scheme for both apartments to achieve this

the former garage is turned into a working area. A patio in the back gives light to the dark space but also serves as an infiltration area for rainwater

the former garage is turned into a working area. A patio in the back gives light to the dark space but also serves as an infiltration area for rainwater

view on the garden in the patio. Adjacent to the patio is an area with a roof which can be used for lunch breaks on rainy days.

view on the garden in the patio. Adjacent to the patio is an area with a roof which can be used for lunch breaks on rainy days.

when the sliding doors are open the total length of the apartment can be experienced

when the sliding doors are open the total length of the apartment can be experienced

view in the other direction, from the bedroom to the front of the house

view in the other direction, from the bedroom to the front of the house

living room of the penthouse with the fire place serving as a dividing element between two different seating area's

living room of the penthouse with the fire place serving as a dividing element between two different seating area's

stairs in the kitchen lead up to the top floor with a view on the study area

stairs in the kitchen lead up to the top floor with a view on the study area

guest bedroom and roof terrace of the penthouse

guest bedroom and roof terrace of the penthouse

roof terrace

roof terrace

the completely renewed back façade still shows the individual buildings both in colour as in shape

the completely renewed back façade still shows the individual buildings both in colour as in shape

back facade - before intervention

back facade - before intervention

during intervention

during intervention

plan of the ground floor, with the office space and the garage of the owner

plan of the ground floor, with the office space and the garage of the owner

plan of the first floor, the two apartments with roof terrace

plan of the first floor, the two apartments with roof terrace

plan of the second floor, the living area of the penthouse with living room, storage, kitchen and study area

plan of the second floor, the living area of the penthouse with living room, storage, kitchen and study area

plan of the third floor, the sleeping area of the penthouse with the master bedroom with walk in closet and en suite bathroom and the guest bedroom with its own bathroom.

plan of the third floor, the sleeping area of the penthouse with the master bedroom with walk in closet and en suite bathroom and the guest bedroom with its own bathroom.

 

client
Erwin Franken

address
Voorhaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

phase
in execution

contractor
Bouwbedrijf Van Leeuwen, Harmelen / Timmerbedrijf H.J.W. Smit V.O.F., Berkel en Rodenrijs

advisors
Constructie adviesbureau Booms

role P·A
architect & interior architect