A refurbishment of a living space in Eindhoven, The Netherlands is completed refurbish by the architect De Bever Architecten. A refurbishment of a house which covers an area for about 220 square meters is progressed in 2011. This dwelling precisely located on a swallow spot near the river dommel in downtown of Eindhoven. This contemporary lofts which was built in 1930 was designed by Louis Kooken. He is the founder of the 110 year existing architecture office De Bever Architecten. Now, the interior of one of the dwelling in the villa has been refurbished by the current architects of the office, Stefan de Bever and Heleen van Heel.
Contemporary Lofts Overview
This old town villa which is refurbished is built in a brick and it is contains three dwellings. Those dwelling take on a stately character, they standing between the old weeping willows, benches and lustrous bank vegetation. Through the classical elements such as terraces, bay windows and overhang roofs, this villa is connected to the landscape. These elements area articulating the mass of the villa and the different dwellings within, so the original interior design of the dwelling can be classically Thirties.
The architect assignment is to refurbish the classically arranged ground floor of the center dwelling into a contemporary, loft-like space which is designed for a family with two children. It is achieved by removing the wall which exists between the living room and the kitchen. While keeping the already present elements, the new qualities can be introduced. Those elements such as window bays and coves. The living space has been lengthened with two meters and a sky light has been added on the back side.
By the architect, the different ceiling height of the original rooms has been accentuated in the new design. The living space construction of the dwelling has been revealed perfectly and a new supporting column has been added. On the back side, the aluminum folding door can be opened wholly, and it is connects the living area to the terrace and the garden. The living space room has a grey floor screed and smooth white stucco walls. Which are divided by the specific furniture designs, the different zones appear.
Stefan de Bever and Heleen van Heel have also designed three different couches, besides, they designing the fixed cabinets and the kitchen. A white leather couch is part of the kitchen design and while enjoying the garden, they turning the kitchen into a place to accompany the chef and drink a cup of coffee. In the living space, the yellow couch cabinet marks a specific spot, the play area for the children. Together with the design duo Lady Penelope, the button pattern has been designed. In the house interior, the pink couches can be closely arranged. Through their colors and the simple details, the different interior elements are belonging to one design family. The elements are user friendly and they provoke the playfulness.
The architect designed the kitchen which includes a cabinet wall and a table measuring a broad of 4 meters 0, 9 meters. From one piece, cooking is finished on an oversized steel sheet which has been fabricated from it. It is fixed to a white steel frame four legs and it has whitewood cabinets which is hanging underneath. To separate from the columns, the cooking table has been placed next to it.
So the activities inside of the dwelling have been central in the deign process: being together, sitting, playing, cooking, going through the day. And the architect result is a contemporary lofts, open loft-like space which is sits relaxed in a monumental villa.
Architects: De Bever Architecten
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Project Team: Stefan de Bever, Heleen van Heel, Jan Smits, Thomas van Weert
Project area: 220 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Merel van Beukering