Leiden House, SAMF Arquitectos SAMF Arquitectos Moderne Garagen & Schuppen
Leiden House, SAMF Arquitectos SAMF Arquitectos Moderne Garagen & Schuppen

This house in Leiden, NL, is integrated into a large 17th century stable whose use has been altered to accommodate six different houses. In this long process, the original clarity and direct quality of the construction had been lost. The renovation sought to reveal these hidden qualities. In the ground floor, the kitchen and living space form a large open space, concentrating the functional areas and storage along the perimeter, allowing the centre to be left open. Above the bedrooms in the first floor is the attic which is the dominant element of the house. Before you access the main space, you enter a small, wood covered box, concentrating the technical equipment. By contrast, the living area is open and white, except for the old roof beams, dark and rough. Because the roof structure was built for a single building, which has been sliced into six, at first it is hard to understand the logic of its construction. But part of its interest lies precisely in trying to reconfigure in our head, from the intricate three-dimensional structure of struts and beams that we perceive, the overall design.

Credits: João Morgado
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