Up High, a Showy Prototype for Urban Development
Rotterdam – ‘Don´t tell your neighbours before you get the permits.’ That was Winy Maas´s advice to Ghislaine van de Kamp and Sjoerd Didden, as they recall it, regarding a planned rooftop extension to their centrally located home in Rotterdam. This call for vigilance was however at odds with the project´s modest nature. The couple wanted to add three bedrooms to a building that they owned and used for living and working. A wig-making workshop occupied the first two floors of the three-storey building, cramming the family residence into one open plan loft on the third floor. When the oldest child, Jan, outgrew the garden shed that he shared with his younger brother inside the loft, there was only one way to expand and that was up.