Renovation and expansion of a house from the early 20th century in Rotterdam. A large extension at the back side connects three levels that seemed incompatible in the original home. The elevated living room at the front of the house is connected with the extension at garden level in which the spacious kitchen is located. From the kitchen a second staircase leads to the former cellar which now serves as a TV room. The transformation resulted in a doubling of the living space and a four-meter-high, sun-lit garden room as the common heart.

 
 
 
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maarten polkamp

architect and projectmanagement P·A

"It is a rewarding task to completely disrupt a house and, in the meantime, not lose sight of the character and authentic details. I like optimizing and making future plans so that a house can grow with its residents over time. This kind of project requires a great deal of precision and craftsmanship, the balance between old and new gets disturbed quickly. It remains exciting and inspiring to actually realize such a design. If your client tells, during his housewarming, with verve about the design decisions made, a project in my eyes has succeeded, then you know that we have we were successful in creating a 'Gesamtkunstwerk'."

 
  full-height facade giving direct access to the garden from kitchen and dining area

full-height facade giving direct access to the garden from kitchen and dining area

  split level with wide stairs connecting living, kitchen and dining area with the basement

split level with wide stairs connecting living, kitchen and dining area with the basement

  visual connection between entrance and the kitchen

visual connection between entrance and the kitchen

  authentic elements renovated

authentic elements renovated

 contrast between the wooden elements and concrete floor

contrast between the wooden elements and concrete floor

  souterrain plan

souterrain plan

  ground floor plan

ground floor plan

  first floor plan

first floor plan

  second floor plan

second floor plan

 

client
private client

address
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

completed
2014

contractor
Maasbouw BV, Ridderkerk

collaborations
Mijke Rood architect

advisors
Constructie adviesbureau Booms

role P·A
architect, interior architect & construction management

project photos
Ossip van Duivenbode