Pied-à-Terre

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Renovation for a 17th century house in the historic city centre of Leiden into a pied-à-terre and a small office.

All the non-authentic parts of this monument, like partition walls and suspended ceilings, were removed to bring back the authentic character and spatial clarity of the house. In this relatively small house three fixed multifunctional furniture elements were added.

On the ground floor, which functions as an office and second bedroom, a bamboo furniture element incorporates storage space and a platform, covering a guest bed which can be pulled out. On the first floor the client’s wish to make the kitchen “the heart of the house” was translated in two kitchen elements, made out of bleached nut-wood. The central element includes a table, kitchen dresser and a fixed bench that shields the stairwell and provides the best lines of sight to the outside. On the second floor, we added one small dresser made of bamboo that shields the stairwell and provides a place to sit under the dormer.

Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
Program: House and office
Gross floor area: 75 m2
Client: DoorZigt B.V.
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Degewij
Interior fit-out: Klaas Olthoff Keukenmakerij, Intopmaat
Completed in november 2012
Photographs by Raoul Kramer
Publications: Dezeen, de Architect