Maxwan Architects preserved an old seaside home in the Netherlands with this stylish renovation. Originally built in the 1930s, House N was battered by salt, sun and wind from the coast of Noordwijk. So the owners called on the Dutch design team to not only renovate the existing building, but also to expand it without compromising its historic design.
In order to grow the ground floor, Maxwan added two new boxes to the original building. Protruding from the kitchen is a monolithic concrete volume and a floor to ceiling glass box pushes the living room on the other side of the house further into the garden. Each new volume is attached to the original structure with strips of glazing that pour natural light into the interior.
A gorgeous new spiral staircase with a laser-printed lace balustrade leads up to the renewed attic, which now features modular wall furniture and large windows that also bring new light into the program. All of the bedrooms and bathrooms have been renovated, and the vernacular thatched roof has been upgraded as well. Which just goes to show that it only takes a touch of ingenuity combined with a sense of moderation to refresh the old without robbing it of its historic identity.
Photos © Filip Dujardin