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Thatched-Roof Residence Marries Romance with Modernity
By Freshome.com on May 13, 2013
House N, by Rotterdam-based architectural firm Maxwan, is a reinterpretation of a residence initially built eight decades ago in Noordwijk, Netherlands. By preserving the character of the original building that had eroded over time, the architects developed a welcoming family home that subtly blends rustic features with the comfort of modern living. The thatched roof is the most distinctive characteristic of House N, making the residence stand out in its neighborhood.
According to the architects, on top of the roof replacement and basement repairs, the renovation project required enlarging the bedrooms, bathrooms and windows, as well as adding a new kitchen and social area. Extending into the back garden, with floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides is the new living room. It maximizes light and scenic views from among the treetops towards the garden and further out to the sea. In the opposite direction stretches the new kitchen, incorporated in a single pre-cast concrete block. Its color contrasts to the existing house while harmonizing with the surroundings. Another inspiring design addition to the project was a bespoke staircase, shown in the pictures below.
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