A stellar combination of the old, the new and the unconventional, Namelok drew inspirations for House 1’s design from the works of Lina Bo Bardi and Aldo van Eyck. The entire design functions around three base principles: the kitchen is the heart of the home, spaces are connected either vertically or horizontally and structural aspects are celebrated through palpable texture.
Located on the outskirts of Rotterdam in The Netherlands, this sizeable home enjoys a picturesque view of a Dutch polder landscape and a horizon bordered by a skyscraper skyline. The house stands in line with the elongated plot, leaving space for terraces and a garden around. The three main materials used in the exterior – coarse plaster, vertical western red cedar slats and frost grey bricks – work perfectly together by defining and uniting different parts of the house.
The interior of the house is built around the spacious kitchen/living area. The open and light kitchen area extends all the way up to the roof, through the wide vide. The living room makes for a stark contrast to the bright kitchen and is intentionally lit only by dim lights to create a more intimate family space. The spine of the home is the unique chimney; it warms the house from the belly up and doubles as both an indoor and outdoor fireplace. By giving character to the different spaces in the house, the house itself gets an identity that fits the residents.
The second floor consists of two bedrooms, one standalone bathroom and one en suite master bedroom. The traditional timber roofing gives a lot of warmth to the speaking yet minimalistic designed rooms, connected through a corridor that leads along the vide and patterned glass window.