When Reinoud saw this canal house pop up on his screen while he was fun-shopping or real estate websites, he knew he wanted it! He made a bid for it and called his partner, photographer Philippe who was at that time working in Cape Town. They knew the house was scarcely 3 meters wide but once inside they discovered how much space it actually had. The house is almost 17 meters deep and has a 14 meter long garden at the back. Since the first view of the house Reinoud had clear-cut ideas about how the interior should be. One of their first concerns was to introduce more daylight into the house. The narrow house was entirely stripped, old decorative elements were cherished and restored, as were all the authentic wooden ceilings. Some walls on the third and fourth floor were removed to allow for spacious mezzanines that connect the two storeys. Black and white in all declinations are their colours of choice for this house. Applied to different types of materials like marble and tiles for floors and walls, in glossy paint on wooden surfaces, combined with brilliant glass and mirrors, chrome and brushed steel they create the modern atmosphere in this centuries old building.
Location The Netherlands NO. Images 55