Commissioned by a private client in 2009, LYVR made the design for the extension of a 1900 dwelling in the historical town of Groningen in the Netherlands. The client planned a view for the realization of the project, thus the assignment initially consisted of two roof terraces adjacent to the rear alley that functions as an extension of the first floor living area. Underneath there is storage space and a mezzanine floor above the garage.
The roof terrace is a continuation of the “folded” bamboo floor of the living room. Hardwood parts are rolled outwards and fold where space is required under the terrace. First, there is an intimate terrace that can be reached via a new balcony. Partly under the terrace there is also a small shed for the barbecue and garden furniture and tools. Through a number of steps the larger "social terrace” is reached. The orientation of the terrace is south-west and offers a direct view of the monumental Der A Church and the Academy of Arts by Dutch architect Piet Blom. On the alley side the facade of the underlying new mezzanine consists of Eternit cladding. The windows are accented by protruding frameworks.
The terrace also offers a clear view on the north side of a small green zone that is the property of the municipality of Groningen. On the south side, the terrace is adjacent to the neighboring terrace at about the same level. On this side planters are also positioned to create privacy in a friendly manner. The railings on the inside of the terrace, which overlooks the living room, are shaped by mesh fencing as the existing fencing of the interior of the house. Large pots with plants and trees form a green surrounding.
Located below is the mezzanine floor that functions as a Bed and Breakfast. This floor is accessible from the ground floor and is strictly separated from the private area. The current bathroom is reduced slightly in such a way that the Bed and Breakfast can be entered via the front door without disturbing the private area of the residents. In addition, on the ground floor level there is space for parking, bikes, and firewood. The facade acts as an intermediary between the floor and the lively patio, as well as the alley. The windows are in fact doors that are story-high and can be cleaned and maintained from the inside out. The floor has an overhang above the garage door; in this way it functions as an added light box in the alley.
The expansion of the mezzanine floor consists of a steel structure that exists independently from the main dwelling. The terrace above the bathroom, back entrance, and the balcony are supported by the existing structure. The design was created in such a way that the building could be completed in phases, partly by the owner himself.