Allard Architecture are renovating 3 high-end apartments on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor of an existing rowhouse in the prominent P.C. Hoofstraat. After the opening of Vondelpark in 1865 the development of P.C. Hooftstraat began. From the start, the street was known for its chich and stylish ambiance and allure. In 1875 P.C. Hoofstraat 88 was built, together with number 90, which is a mirror image of number 88. For a long time, a well-known butcher ‘Model-vleeschhouwerij J.W. Heyenbrock jr’ was located on the ground floor. In 1990 the butcher left and the jewellery chain Tiffany & Co from the United States moved in.
The floorplan of the three apartments is designed around the concept of a central core, located in the middle of the apartment footprint. Functions such as the bathroom, toilet and technical room are located in this central core. This allows for an open and legible floorplan with the living area located along the front façade and the bedrooms towards the rear of the building, both with ample natural light. On the roofscape, the technical installations are located above the central core, hidden from surrounding view.
Within the design balconies are added to the rear façade, resulting in each apartment gaining an outdoor space. Through the use of thin columns, horizontal and vertical lines and being white in colour the balconies have a very light and tactile appearance.
Due to the wide span of the floors and insufficient existing structure, the floor structure will be reinforced with steel. By insulating the facades, replacing all the windows and using sustainable climate installations like PVT-heat pumps and heat recovery ventilation the apartments are future proof. The beautiful existing stained glass window panes will be removed and re-integrated within new double glazed window frames.
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