We’ve finally visited MVRDV‘s Didden Village, a roof conversion project in the North of Rotterdam (see also our previous post “MVRDV’s first Rotterdammer“).
The place hosted the mobile exhibition series zwervende tentoonstellingen in the rooms of the wig-maker’s atelier.
The design settled – after struggling with a blobby roof landscape – with the iconic shape of 2 mini-huts, houses on top of a house. The addition is covered in blue resin, in stark contrast to the traditional red bricks of the adjacent buildings, evoking the image of a home in the clouds – or maybe expressing the desire for a blue sky considering the always-grey veil covering the dutch skies.
The two volumes contain the parent’s bedroom and the children’s room – each with a separate staircase access. The stairwells float above the old building, underlining the additive character of the new rooms.
Walking up these stairs you find yourself in the tinted fairy tale landscape, art objects scattered on the roofscape – overwhelmingly blue, a strange lido. The family’s children played between the visiting architects. It was enjoyable to see how laid-back the owners handled the visitors in their appartment.
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