Black Pearl Residence by Studio Rolf & Zecc Architecten
by Mike / November 1, 2010
Via @Yatzer, a restored townhouse in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with its front facade painted entirely glossy black. "New white steel framed transparent windows pierce through the historical fa├žade as they make a strong presence, thus creating an interpretation of the merged elements of the present and the past."

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"The city of Rotterdam is working hard to transform its existing housing stock. Alongside new urban developments a large number of so-called 'klushuizen' or DIY houses have been put on the market. These houses in deprived areas are sold at low prices, but the buyers are obliged to carry out major refurbishments. With his house the Zwarte Parel (Black Pearl), the designers have shown that this encourages innovative designs for reuse." More at Studio Rolf and Zecc Architecten. Photo above: Frank Hanswijk.

UPDATE: The Dutch public has chosen Black Pearl by Studio in cooperation with Zecc Architecten (Rolf, Marnix van der Meer and Yffi van den Berg) as the winner of the Public Award for the Dutch Design Awards 2011 (DDA).

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