Sky, by MVRDV

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

Yesterday evening the Didden Atelier had an ‘open house’, literally. Just before is to be furnished they had invited some 200 guests to check out their new MVRDV designed pad.

‘The first MVRDV building in Rotterdam’ it goes, is a rooftop extension to an existing house on the upper floor of an old warehouse. The lower two floors are used by the Atelier Sjoerd Didden, a producer of ‘hair’ for film, television, and theatre.

The rooftop extension of the Didden House consists of three bedrooms (one for the parents, two for the kids) that is each located in an own ‘house’ surrounded by a rooftop terrace. The iconography of the house, the archetypical house, is apparent in more work of MVRDV. This time that object-iconography is snowed under by an overwhelming surface-iconography – the blue.

Not ‘the big blue’, but a small blue, that however by it’s fierce contrast to the surrounding red-brown urban landscape dominates the experience. Its iconography seems to be that of the sky, which looks very appropriate from the perspective of the street. If it was up to her the house could also have looked orange, one of the owners said.

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

From the ‘deck’ the iconography doesn’t make much sense. It makes you feel all too ‘blue’. From the rooftop terrace the landscape around is framed in blue by the 1.30-meter high parapet. Also literally framed by the ‘windows’ in the parapet that allows small kids a look out.

Blue benches, blue tables, blue doors, blue cylinders in which trees are about to be planted, and a blue watering can. The (blue) water on one side of the ‘deck’ is a result of bad draining.

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

Each room has its own - simple, but beautiful - staircase, hanging from the ceiling.

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

P.S. The first design by MVRDV showed a blue bubble-house. 

MVRDV - Atelier Didden, Rotterdam
MVRDV - House Didden (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

The project is added to the Architects and Representation pages.


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