Making sense of a space that has been built on numerous times can be difficult, but Ooze has done just that by adding a hat to Villa Rotterdam.
Located in a verdant part of Rotterdam, this villa was originally built in the early 20th century and added on to over the years. The house had a lot of unused space and was very inefficient. In order to solve these problems, the architects extended the house to its maximum size and height and reorganized the spaces inside. The most remarkable feature of this house is the faceted roof sitting like a hat on the old façade. The structure of the hat was determined by the requirements of the interior spaces and building restrictions. This new addition is made of prefabricated solid timber panels and stained black on the outside. This together with the sedum roof reflects traditional Dutch farmhouses, which in turn increases the efficiency of the building considerably. The structure of the roof can also be felt inside. The ground floor has been opened up to make a new living space with new stairways added to access the 1st and 2nd floors. Dramatic triangular windows frame views of the surrounding areas, and make for interesting spaces. The cozy bedroom in the apex of the roof with its picture windows would be a pleasure to wake up in.
Using new technology to refurbish old buildings ensures that we retain the best of the past whilst still enjoying modern sensibilities and increasing sustainability.