Dwell: post-war Rotterdam gym transformed into a domestic oasis

Dwell: post-war Rotterdam gym transformed into a domestic oasis

For the American magazine Dwell I wrote about the transformation by MASA Architects of a post-war gym in the center of Rotterdam into a polished and tranquil family home. The contrast between the rough brick and concrete of the old gym and the rich materials the architect introduced, such as bamboo, natural stone, aluminum, frosted glass and greenery, make the house a wonder of domestic architecture. The dedication to detail on the part of architect and owner is extraordinary. “I like to make something new out of something old”, the owner says. Read my story here:

https://www.dwell.com/article/villa-west-masa-architects-28ee9249

Dwell: a crisp Belgian home with concrete curtains

Dwell: a crisp Belgian home with concrete curtains

“Jo Vanweert knew two things when he decided to build his first home: It would be on the highest point in his small hometown of Bilzen, Belgium, where his family has lived for generations, and it would be designed by his cousin Jan Vanweert, an architect 11 years his senior. Jo told his cousin he wanted a house that had clean lines inspired by classic modernism and that took advantage of its hilltop site.

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“What his cousin delivered has a modernist rigor tempered with a surprising softness, a twist that turned out to be perfect for the younger Vanweert’s evolving family.”

Read my report from Bilzen, Belgium on the house with the concrete curtains for Dwell: Dwell Belgium mei juni 2020

Dwell: Coastal house expands to accommodate three generations

Dwell: Coastal house expands to accommodate three generations

For the American magazine Dwell I wrote a piece about an intriguing house in Schoorl designed and built by its owners, the couple Ayla van Geest and Jordie Kuin, together with Ayla’s parents. By expanding an existing house they made space for three generations – and for their French bulldogs Bullie and Cooper! Ayla and Jordie furnished their well-designed expansion with lots of ‘pre-loved’ building materials. 

Read the story on the Dwell site or as a pdf: Dwell Schoorl Jan 2020

TRACY•TV #58: Kleiklooster brings God (back) to the city

TRACY•TV #58: Kleiklooster brings God (back) to the city

The churches are almost empty, but religion is undergoing a comeback in the city. One example is Kleiklooster, a modern-day ‘monastery’ in the 60’s apartment block Kleiburg in the Bijlmer. I met with one of the founders, Johannes van der Akker, who will also be a guest in my live talkshow Stadsleven on Sept. 27th. And… they also brew beer!

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