MVRDV converts commercial building into Morrocan-style courtyard house - architecture and design

MVRDV converts commercial building into Morrocan-style courtyard house



A blue-tiled pool features in the courtyard of Villa Stardust, a live-work house built in a former commercial building in Rotterdam by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV.
To design the home MVRDV took cues from riads ? traditional Moroccan buildings that are arranged around a garden courtyard. The home for a family of five was built on two sides of the courtyard, while the owner's medical practice occupies the other two sides.

The courtyard gives the house an outdoor space and brings light into the deep footprint of a building originally built for commercial rather than residential use.
"The residents asked us to design the villa after they had already bought the building," said co-founder of MVRDV Nathalie de Vries. "I think it's very clever that, as non-architects, they understood its potential."
All of the home's main rooms look onto the courtyard.An open plan kitchen with a breakfast bar, dining room and living room runs along another side of the building.
The kitchen island is a monolithic block of powder-coated steel. A room within a room at the opposite end contains a tv-watching area and hidden storage.

A master bedroom sits separately from the rest of the home, with its own walk-in wardrobe and bathroom, while a row of bedrooms that are accessed by a corridor that runs along the perimeter occupies one side of the building.

The L-shaped medical practice, contains a bike store for staff, private consulting spaces and a waiting room. It is shielded ...
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