An existing, semi-detached house in the north of Amsterdam was in need of thorough renovation. The new owner wished to extend this small house to make it suitable as a home for himself and his family. According to the local building regulations a large, 2-floor extension could be created on the backside.
The extension is designed as a modern volume that clearly contrasts with the old house. The new volume on the garden side is finished with unpainted Fraké wood and Fraké window frames. These wooden elements will slowly turn grey over time.
In the new volume a surprisingly spacious and light kitchen was created. The enormous wooden doors are fully foldable to the sides and create a large facade opening in summer time.
On the upper floor a vertical wooden shutter has been applied to one of the windows in the side facade. Because of the weight of this element a counter weight had to be placed. This counter weight is visibly located on the inside of one of the sleeping rooms.