Black Pearl
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1902
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This house takes part of a program of the congregation Rotterdam who wanted to revitalize disadvantaged neighbourhoods by selling metier houses t… Read More
This house takes part of a program of the congregation Rotterdam who wanted to revitalize disadvantaged neighbourhoods by selling metier houses to private persons. These homes have in common that they are neglected the last few years and have to be refreshed. The buildings usually consist of several small apartments, one per layer. The purpose of the municipality by selling the buildings is to attract inhabitants with more carrying-capacity. Condition of sale is that the property will be restored within a specified period and will transformed into one house. This causes less, but larger houses. This is the opposite trend to what happens in many inner cities where larger houses are divided into several small apartments. Read Less
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BLACK PEARL
The renovation of the Rotterdam‘metier house’ is turned into an architecturalspectacle, where was experimented with time and space. The 100 yearsold facade of a dwelling in a closed housing unit, is totally painted black. Both masonry,frames and "windows" are covered with a shiny black oil. This createsa kind of 'shadow' of the original facade. In some places the new transparentwindows pierce through the historical facade. The new windows announce a timewith a very different way of living. This creates a relationship between theoriginal facade and the new interpretation which become readable. All floors andsmall rooms behind the old windows run into one spatially contiguousentity.
Newinterpretation: three worlds
Materializationsculpture and colour use 
The sculptureis entirely composed of screwed bars together which forms both construction andfinish. This construction method creates a great freedom of form. A large part of the object hangs with these bars on theroof floor so that support becomes superfluous.
In the house, five colours are used: black, white andthree greyscales. An existing side wall is totally paintedwhite. The traces ofconstruction, including the old railings and pipes are all painted white. The other building wall is left untreated. The differentfaces of the object are painted in three greyscales. These shades are alignedto the space they enclose. By this method, the space between the object and theexisting box are strengthened.

Rotterdam South accommodates with this new metierhouse a black pearl…

Black Pearl designed by Studio Rolf.fr i.p.w. ZeccArchitecten.

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