Contemporary Nieuwegracht House, The Netherlands
Amsterdam-based design studio Rocha Tombal Archictects have designed the Nieuwegrach House project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary property still includes some of its period features and can be found in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
According to the architects: “The commission consists in the transformation of a monumental building from the 17th century which until 1948 was used as a community centre from the ‘Nicolai-church’. The monument was originally built with two parts: the front-house which received later an art-deco façade and, separated by a patio, the back-house and garden.
“In the last decades several renovations took place which destroyed the clarity of these spaces. The situation in which we found it, with plenty of small divisions, allowed almost no contact between the front and back parts. The living functions were concentrated on the extreme facades enjoying the natural light, while the areas in between were too dank to be used creating a central barrier. The client wished to create one united space with good light conditions.
“By removing some of the inside walls and enlarging the doors towards the patio, the natural light was finally allowed to penetrate the centre of the now contemporary Dutch house; in this way, and now enjoying the total space, new distribution alternatives were made possible. Finally, in order to connect front and back in visual and physical ways, we proposed to design a continuous organic closet from front to back, where all facility’s inclusive staircases were introduced.”
Images courtesy of Christian Richters.