ٍٍSchoolhouse By Eklund_Terbeek
eklund_terbeek designs a spacious apartment in a former school. Rotterdam based firm eklund_terbeek architects designed a spatial loft in a former school building from 1912. The building has been transformed into six apartments through Collective Private Commissioning. eklund_terbeek architects were responsible for the transformation of the whole building and designed one apartment in detail.
The apartment consists of two former classrooms and the adjacent hallway zone. The wall between the two classrooms is removed to create a large loft-like living space, the ceiling height of five meters offered possibilities for creating new intermediate floors and more intimate areas.
In addition to the characteristic mushroom-shaped windows between classroom and corridor, a few strategically placed new openings create sightlines and increase the sense of spatiality and light.
In the living space, a white box is suspended from the ceiling, creating a lower and more intimate sitting area underneath.
Inside the box, the workspace is situated, which can be reached by a stair hidden behind the large bookshelves.
The workspace has a private atmosphere, with views directed towards the garden, but is yet part of the living.
A small opening provides an overview of the kitchen and dining area underneath, the kitchen, mainly consisting of a large concrete island, is placed in the high part at the opposite end of the living space.
An oversized extractor hood, suspended from one of the loadbearing beams, mirrors the workspace box on the other side.
The interior of the apartment merges old and new, contemporary and traditional, refined and rough into a balanced whole.