Old Coach House Transformed Into Modern Home Using Materials from Demolished Office

Former Coach House From 1895
What do you do if you have a wooden office building from the 1950s on your property next to a former coach house from 1895? If you're architect and designer Rolf Bruggink, you see an opportunity to transform an historical building using materials from another space. With the help of fellow architect and designer Niek Wagemans, Bruggink refitted the coach house using materials from the 1950s building, which he'd knocked down after purchasing the property in 2011.Dubbing it House of Rolf, Bruggink had a specific mission with this home and workspace located in Utrecht. “The principle of transformation is most important to me,” he says. “The notion that an existing building can be adapted so as to take on an entirely new countenance is something that fascinates me.”Within a limited area of 538 square feet, the architects have packed in a large amount of functionality. By entering into the large open salon, people are invited to take in the spacious architecture of the coach house. A free standing middle section houses a kitchen downstairs and bedroom, bathroom, and office upstairs. It also serves to divide the space, leaving a back section that connects into the free standing middle. The back wall also features a panoramic window that was cut out to allow natural light to flood the space.Panoramic Window Floods The Space With Natural Light

Every element of the design was carefully chosen, with Wagemans also creating a furniture piece for the coach house as part of his Confused Furniture series. Painter Jans Muskee and sculptors Handmade Industrials provided artwork to compliment the interiors, and an upcycled rug by Atelier Remy&Veenhuizen carries the spirit of reuse throughout the project.

Historical Coach Building Now Full Of Functionality

Former Coach House Transformed With Materials From 1950's Building

Exterior Design Of Historical Coach Building Entrance To Restored Historical Coach Building Kitchen And Dining Space Of Restored Coach Building Free Standing Middle Section Of Former Coach House Historical Coach Building Restored Using Materials From 1950's Building Kitchen Concept Inside Historical Coach House Large Open Salon In Historical Coach Building 1895 Coach House Transformed

Studio Rolf: Website 
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All images via Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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