Bothered by the neglect, a neighbor acquired the property and asked Shift Architecture Urbanism for an extreme makeover. What remained was its envelope and flooring structure, the later partly removed in each unit to create double-height living spaces. The private spaces are suspended in these tall spaces creating a matryoshka effect. The lower apartment features double-height spaces at both the front and rear facade, isolating the volume of the bedrooms and bathroom as if they were floating in its center. The two voids provide the living areas of a 14m deep half-basement level with plenty of daylight.
Matryoshka House, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Program: apartment building
Architects: Shift Architecture Urbanism
Team: Thijs van Bijsterveldt, Oana Rades, Harm Timmermans, Thomas Grievink, Sara Frikech
Structural engineering: B2CO
Main contractors: 13 Speciaal, Ben Werkt