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Black Pearl

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Studio, Zecc Architecten
location Rotterdam
function private house, renovation
contributed by ZeccArchitectenBV

This house takes part of a program of the congregation Rotterdam who wanted to revitalize disadvantaged neighbourhoods by selling metier houses to private persons. 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 fa├žade, also in the interior the traces of the past remained visible.

Rolf Bruggink says:
The house is for sale: 279.000,--
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