The beam, the balcony and the stairs
Johannes en Lizzy obtained a part of an old elementary school which they wanted to make into their new home. The existing sequence of spaces, with a lower corridor for the entrance hall, a classroom with high ceiling followed by an attic with pitched roof upstairs is the starting point for our narrative. We introduce a large beam that spans the total width of the former classroom to specify areas for the dining area, the lounge, the kitchen and ante rooms. From the hall, a stairs in three stages moves upward to the sleeping quarters. A balcony halfway up the stairs gives a peak into the living room, before moving upstairs. By using these spatial elements the quality of the heights of the rooms is kept and the rooms are turned into a home.
The office was founded in 2010 in Rotterdam. We design narrative architecture that tells the story of the assignment at hand. A story with different layers: that of the context, a response to building tradition, the wishes of our client, sustainable applications and technical opportunities. The architecture surprises with imagination. Our work reaches from transformations to public spaces like a Performative Space in Eindhoven, and from building a multi-family house in Amsterdam to researching our practice and writing stories about it.
Partners: Elsbeth Ronner, Lilith van Assem
Employees: Eva Ventura (2019 - nu), Milou Klein (2019), Melvin van den Houdt (2019), Laura Steenbeke (2018), Joppe Douma (2018), Madeleine Mans (2016 - 2018), Paula Cores Barrel (2017), Jimmy Stegeman (2016), Dirk Gonzáles Veugelers (2016), André Cramer (2014), Clémence Boru (2013), Anne de Ruyter (2012)
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