Maxwan’s Extraordinary House G in Netherlands
Designed by Maxwan Architects incorporated, the House G took what was a plain space and made it something extraordinary, leaving the adjacent dysfunctional and disconnected house as an office work space.
The open space is delineated incorporated daylight and smart minimalist floor, furniture and a single wall. With the wide open space opening to the garden and a gabled roof retreat, the living space is, well, livable.
A swath of roof was removed and replaced by a length of skylight to compensate for the small windows. A soapstone woodstove delineates the living room, and a long counter and simple table makes a kitchen.
The beam trusses were stripped of lower supports and structurally beefed up to support a platform laying across the cords.
Upstairs is a platform retreat with built in seating and safety railing. The stairs feeding the second floor are suspended from a railing, and a couple of key tread cutouts smartly turns them into a seat to read books begging for attention at the adjacent library.
The changes relieved the owners of an expensive gutting of a poorly designed house and provided a unique minimal retrofit retreat.