Architects: RDKA | Architecture Research Urbanism
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Project Team: Robert-Jan de Kort (RDKA), Teun van den Dries (Eckhart)
Client: Rachid Amrane & Arthur Swanevelt, Den Haag
Contractor: JNM Techniek, Den Haag
Project Area: 61 sqm
Budget: € 35,000
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Teun van den Dries
Maff Studio is the successor to Maff Apartment, which dates from the year 2007. While Maff Apartment is situated on an attic floor in a town house looking out over the city, Maff Studio is an autonomous building in the smallest building block of the city fabric, the ground-level working-class house.
Maff Studio was designed as a hotel suite without a hotel. The city around it, with its numerous different functions and attractions, provides the functions traditionally associated with the hotel service package. The service level and luxury in a hotel are the prime qualities and determinators of price for the suite. For Maff Studio, the prima qualities are the interior space and its close proximity the the city which provides all the additional services for its guests.
Introducing a void on the street side of the house, alongside with part of the attic floor altered the existing spatial structure of the working-class house. These two interventions ensure the spatial quality of the house and connect the ground floor kitchen to the first floor living, creating an experience of continuous space.
Maff Studio contains 3 consecutive spaces, which differ with regards to their tectonic and spatial character, creating a sequence of spaces through the building.