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Black Pearl / Zecc Architecten + Studio Rolf.fr

  • 01:00 - 29 February, 2012
Black Pearl / Zecc Architecten + Studio Rolf.fr
Black Pearl / Zecc Architecten + Studio Rolf.fr, © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

© Frank Hanswijk © Frank Hanswijk © Frank Hanswijk © Frank Hanswijk +25

From the architect. Social context
This house takes part of a program of the congregation Rotterdam who wanted to revitalize disadvantaged neighbourhoods by selling metier houses to private persons.
These homes have in common that they are neglected the last few years and have to be refreshed. The buildings usually consist of several small apartments, one per layer. The purpose of the municipality by selling the buildings is to attract inhabitants with more carrying-capacity. Condition of sale is that the property will be restored within a specified period and will transformed into one house. This causes less, but larger houses. This is the opposite trend to what happens in many inner cities where larger houses are divided into several small apartments.

© Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

The renovation of the Rotterdam ‘metier house’ is turned into an architectural spectacle, where was experimented with time and space. The 100 years old facade of a dwelling in a closed housing unit, is totally painted black. Both masonry, frames and "windows" are covered with a shiny black oil. This creates a kind of 'shadow' of the original facade. In some places the new transparent windows pierce through the historical facade. The new windows announce a time with a very different way of living. This creates a relationship between the original facade and the new interpretation which become readable. All floors and small rooms behind the old windows run into one spatially contiguous entity.

Just like in the façade, also in the interior the traces of the past remained visible. On the building walls an old banister and holes of removed floor joists reveal the original layout of the dwelling. The new house in the 100 year old cover has a completely different planning. The traditional layout of floors and walls, which compose the rooms are missing. Instead a series of small wooden slats compose a huge sculptural element. By this is a continuous space is left between the four walls of the historic building. This creates living spaces, which are connected by voids, large stairwells and long sightlines. All redundant banisters, railings and doors are left out, causing a high degree of spatial abstraction.

© Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

Floors, walls, stairs and ceilings blend together and seem to recall an "Escher-like" impossibility. Yet this metier house (that has been empty for nearly 30 years) is far from uninhabitable. In the lower part of the house a large workroom is placed connected to the 'roof tiles-bamboo garden’. Above is a series of semi-open living functions: living, eating, cooking, study, sleeping and a bathroom / closet.
The old roof tiles are removed in the upper part (re-used in the garden) and a new greenhouse is placed with a hot tub with a stunning view.
The existing building is used as a box to build a completely new house in it. All walls and floors of the house were demolished which created a space of 5 meters wide, 10 meters long and 11 meters high. In and up this box three different "worlds" are stacked: the studio, the house and the roof garden. On the ground floor, the 5 meters high studio is built. This studio space is kept as open as possible. This is achieved by organizing the necessary facilities along the walls as much as possible, in one continuous element.
The living area is placed above the studio with a height of 6 meters. In this space, a sculpture is build which divides space into several areas without creating closed rooms. The object is designed and situated in a way that in several places views arise which emphasize the entire length, width and height of the place. The design is concentrated on the residual spaces between the object and the existing walls.

© Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

Materialization sculpture
The sculpture is entirely composed of screwed bars together which forms both construction and finish. This construction method creates a great freedom of form. A large part of the object hangs with these bars on the roof floor so that support becomes superfluous.
Colour use
In the house, five colours are used: black, white and three greyscales. An existing side wall is totally painted white. The traces of construction, including the old railings and pipes are all painted white. The other building wall is left untreated. The different faces of the object are painted in three greyscales. These shades are aligned to the space they enclose. By this method, the space between the object and the existing box are strengthened. Rotterdam South accommodates with this new metier house a black pearl…

© Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Black Pearl / Zecc Architecten + Studio Rolf.fr" 29 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/211680/black-pearl-studio-rolf-fr-zecc-architecten/>
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42 Comments

383 Studio · April 19, 2012

Really cool modern house: http://t.co/oyX4N6qE

aPom · March 23, 2012

Its a shame the Architects directly duplicated the fenestration from the "Hotel Fouquet Barrier" by Eduard Francois from 2006.

Serife Türk Derin · March 14, 2012

Birileri bunlara "emsal"nedir pencere neye benzer ö?retmemi? san?r?m- http://t.co/YCQ1ZGE9 - Black Pearl / Studio Rolf.fr + Zecc Architecten

Eric Crabtree · March 07, 2012

I like this place! http://t.co/wkLYXWaT @plethoraapp

Mimarl?k Bankas? · March 05, 2012

Birileri bunlara "emsal"nedir pencere neye benzer ö?retmemi? san?r?m- http://t.co/YCQ1ZGE9 - Black Pearl / Studio Rolf.fr + Zecc Architecten

Amelia Cazorla · March 05, 2012

Jugando con las media alturas. Una casa de lo más particular #arquitectura #diseñointeriores http://t.co/NvwGdaxD

Zoleeca · March 05, 2012

Egészen szürreális ablakbevágások egy b?vítésen http://t.co/zHWsdpBT http://t.co/58cI6Mat via @TwitPic

Graham Cowen · March 05, 2012

This is one of the most stunning renos I&#39ve seen in a while - Black Pearl by Studio Rolf. Wow! http://t.co/n98XPyLv @plethoraapp

Urbanista · March 04, 2012

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Andre Russ · March 04, 2012

Buildings are better in black and white. BLACK: http://t.co/6bFul6DY
WHITE: http://t.co/6ZSeJ0Vy

Andrew A. Shenouda · March 03, 2012

I like its complexity and the way of using different levels to create natural light.
Amazing!

Hattie Stroud · March 03, 2012

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Escena3D ? · March 03, 2012

#Arquitectura: Casa en Roterdam: Interesante tratamiento de fachada e interior... > http://t.co/QNj4QKP3

??? Kwon Taegu · March 03, 2012
Curves 'Graph · March 03, 2012

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WHITE: http://t.co/6ZSeJ0Vy

ArchDaily · March 03, 2012

ArchDaily: Buildings are better in black and white. BLACK: http://t.co/EjgoGIDG WHITE: http://t.co/jkHIF2Yq http://t.co/difYxtrC

Arquitectura · March 03, 2012

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WHITE: http://t.co/xgR2WubJ

David Ing · March 03, 2012

“@ArchDaily: Buildings are better in black and white. BLACK: http://t.co/ixABYIhV
WHITE: http://t.co/9aW0FNhj” White gets my vote!

Jessica Kienle · March 03, 2012

True!! RT@ArchDaily Buildings are better in black and white. BLACK: http://t.co/yys2Y8u7 WHITE: http://t.co/evYV56be

adam harrison · March 03, 2012

“@ArchDaily: Buildings are better in black and white. BLACK: http://t.co/kpVmu4MF
WHITE: http://t.co/FDS6byl4” @IDeaBag is this a sign?

Paul Adams · March 02, 2012

I REALLY like the project, but I have a quibble. I would have liked the facade much better if the two new upper windows had not violated the integrity of the existing brick wall; the composition would have still looked good and there would still be no mistaking the 'new use for an old building' concept. My 0.02

ACINTA · March 02, 2012

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STUDIOMINT · March 02, 2012

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Rockstarchitecture · March 02, 2012

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John Redcorn · March 02, 2012

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GAby Menta · March 02, 2012

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Nicholas Patten · March 02, 2012

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Mark Rowan · March 01, 2012

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Ignota Design · March 01, 2012

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Suiteurbana · March 01, 2012

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mo · March 01, 2012

what you see are handrails but thats beside the point. its an amazong residential project

Pere Serra · March 01, 2012

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When Designers · March 01, 2012

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Pierre · March 01, 2012

Cool project but...
Is it just me, or is this house missing guard-rails?

H-J · March 01, 2012 06:05 PM

I can clearly see a guardrail mounted on the wall (in more than one image)

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