This commission involved the renovation and conversion of two duplex apartments into one single residence/retreat. The two existing external stairs were removed and replaced by a single internal staircase. This intervention made it possible to create one large outdoor area and maximise the existing view. The steel canopies and wooden sun terraces act as visual links between the two original living units. Dupli Dos is a project designed by JUMA architects in collaboration with Minimum Arquitectura.
The conversion of a 90sqm, 1974 apartment was meant to create a great sense of spaciousness and generate a loft-like feeling. Before, the apartment was characterized by a series of dark, concatenated spaces. The kitchen and entrance hall were consequently fully opened up, leading into a spacious living room with fireplace. The large windows let in plenty of natural light, and create a very pleasant living experience in the living room and kitchen. To optimize this feeling of freshness, white colour hues were chosen for the interior. The walls were painted white and JUMA also resolutely chose white for the curtains, blinds and kitchen. The floor coverings and furniture provide the necessary colour contrast. The idiosyncratic light fixtures on the wall add a playful touch to the whole.
This project designed by JUMA architects involves the renovation of a 1974 apartment with a floor space of 90sqm. The original apartment was divided into separate spaces that could be accessed through a central circulation area. The playful circulation in the new design creates an optical extension of the room. The design also shows that it is possible to create a loft-like feeling, even with limited floor space.
The clients had a very clear vision of how they wanted to live in their future home. They dreamed of a compact volume, preferably with a rectangular ground plan. Their wish list also included a central fireplace, a hub around which family life is centred. This was the brief the architects at JUMA went to work on, with particular enthusiasm for the idea of positioning the fire at the centre of the house. Not in the least because this principle was often applied in the past by JUMA’s great example and source of inspiration, architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
A dilapidated old town house was thoroughly rebuilt and renovated by JUMA architects with due respect for the past.
The proximity of the water adds to the serene atmosphere that permeates the streetscape. This feeling is brought inside through the refined and well-balanced design JUMA realized for this special project.