Rotterdam-based Claus en Kaan Architecten has given a green retrofit to a 1950s-era building originally designed by the famed dutch practice Van den Broek en Bakema. The building was originally built as a modern tea room called Martin’s, although the renovation flies under the banner of Dreamhouse and includes space for jeweler Schaap en Citroen and fashion retailer COS. With a living roof and great daylighting this renovation speaks to the power of reusing existing buildings to green the fabric of our cities.
Claus en Kaan Architecten‘s volumetric 1052 square meter Dreamhouse consists of three stories. The second floor projects over the first to create a dramatic covered storefront at street level. The overhanging volume is accented by floor-to-ceiling windows broken up by vertical fins. These fins not only create an attractive exterior façade, but they also help to shade the façade from low-angled sun rays. The third floor of the Dreamhouse is a small rectangular volume that sits surrounded by a landscaped roof.
The rhythm of the Dreamhouse’s façade synchronizes well with the balconies and windows of the surrounding apartment buildings. The Rotterdam neighborhood of Lijnbaan has been improved with the simple face-lift of this 1950s gem. The project’s subtle grey color, sharp rectilinear lines, and reflective facade revive the modern air that made this building a popular treasure.