Rotterdam's BYTR Architecten transformed a 1930s house into a daylit modern residence with a hidden awning that regulates the amount of sunlight penetrating the interior. The architects introduced a glass, green-roofed extension to the rear side of the lot and several subtle details that round out the design.
The extension houses a kitchen and living area, while the renovated main volume comprises two bedrooms, a balcony and an attic. In order to comply with the owners’ request to get more natural light, the architects made sure to use as much glass as possible and use smart solutions for controlling solar intake.
A small skylight above the dining area draws in additional light and acts as an interesting detail in the design of the interior dominated by minimalist forms with subtle built-in furniture. The renovation provided the owners with a large living space that breaks the traditional layout of the existing building and establishes an atmosphere of a freestanding residence.