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Maff Studio / RDKA | Architecture Research Urbanism

  • 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
  • Budget: € 35,000
  • Area: 61.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Teun van den Dries

© Teun van den Dries © Teun van den Dries © Teun van den Dries © Teun van den Dries

From the architect. 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.

© Teun van den Dries
© Teun van den Dries

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.

© Teun van den Dries
© Teun van den Dries

Maff Studio contains 3 consecutive spaces, which differ with regards to their tectonic and spatial character, creating a sequence of spaces through the building.

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