The attic of an old townhouse with an elaborate roof structure is transformed into an intimate space for living. Through the making of a wainscoting on the perimeter of the room the roof as an open structure is set free and accentuated in its spaciousness. With a manipulation of the idea of thickness and thinness, storage spaces are organised within depth of the infill. Free standing objects negotiate the boundaries between the open and closed. With a perception of keeping one open space, two rooms are created.
The materials that were chosen for cladding, echo temporality. While they are often used for not to be seen, here they are intentionally treated as a finished surface. Cladding of the floor and walls changes regarding to purpose of the space and creates the feeling of a room inside a room.
Details: refurbishment of a townhouse, private client, Rotterdam, 31m², 2019, completed, photography: courtesy of Atelier Tomas Dirrix
Team: Tomas Dirrix, Chantal Schoenmakers, Ada Finci Terseglav