No, the three pale blue houses on the roof of an old brick house are not a sight amount. So playful can it only be built in Europe’s architectural capital Rotterdam?
This remarkable design project in the middle of one of Rotterdam’s homely residential neighborhoods is both a visual exclamation point in one of Europe’s most multicultural cities and part of an exciting development that takes place in many vibrant locations; to give older cities new identity and sustainability by living literally on the city’s roofs.
Creative, both in Rotterdam and Oslo
The family Didden, who runs a wig shop in the house, contacted us to get a new residence as the two boys in the family needed more space and their own bedrooms, “says Jan Knikker in the architectural office MVRDV in Rotterdam in an email to bonytt. no.
This company is by far the best known in Norway for one of the most spectacular high-rise buildings in the widely discussed Barcode range in Bjørvika.
Sky blue on top
– Instead of building a new house for the family all the way out of the city, we proposed to expand the house they already had on the top, elaborate Knives.
Three cool sleeping rooms shaped like small houses
– We built three cottages with bedrooms, one for the adults and one for each of the two boys. The sky blue color of the three houses and the terrace around is at the same time in contrast and in shape in interaction with the historic neighborhood, the expert explains to bonytt. no
A blue crown on top
The three small sleeping houses form a group, almost like a crown on the top of the old brick house. A spiral staircase leads up to the parents ‘house, and another to the boys’ bedrooms. In addition to being a family home, this old, monumental brick house also contains workshops for the wig activities of the family Didden.
Streets & Streets
With plenty of terrace space, shelter hooks and alleys between the houses this is becoming this event as a private village.
Outdoor shower on the roof
The small houses also have skylight windows that provide residents with excellent ventilation, contact between all accommodation units – and views of the street races in the neighborhood as well as throughout the city.
A shower in the open sky and ditto pool puts the dot on the i-one on the nightlife on Rotterdam’s roof.
By painting both the outer coat of the houses and the terrace floor with a sky blue polyurethane paint, the atomic sphere on the ceiling is completely heavenly.
Connection to the High
The light blue exterior was, by the way, the idea of architect and partner in MVRDV, Winy Maas.
– This light color connects the top of the house, the crown with the sky, he told the New York Times three years ago.
Toothpick in the blue
Homeowner Sjoerd Didden tells the same publication that he has a toothbrush ritual in the midst of this hot-air environment every morning. It’s a great start to the day.
The way in which this extension is built is typically typical of Ma’s way of thinking. It’s about building close in cities. If urban areas are used intensively, this will also make it easier to build sustainable environments – again according to NYT.
Media loves the Didden Village project
– It is quite interesting that this little project in Rotterdam has attracted much more media interest than our multi-million projects elsewhere on the globe, another quote is signed top architect Winy Maas.
Recently, Maas received the French Honorary Legion Order for its work on urbanism and architecture in cities such as Paris, Dijon and Bordeaux.
Rotterdam is Dutch Manhattan
– Rotterdam is famous for its daring, experimental architecture, and the city is often called Holland’s Manhattan, partly due to projects such as this Didden Village House of MVRDV. We are not afraid of courageous architecture, and this impresses many tourists, says historian historian Kim Heinen in Rotterdam Marketing.
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