The Black Pearl

A local organization in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has taken it upon themselves to revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods.  Studio Polf.fr+ Architecten has addressed the issue by taking large neglected town homes that were once split into apartment units, and converting them back into single family residences.  Most of the home was gutted but some attributes were same and repurposed such as windows and doors and old railings.

The modern aesthetic has completely changed the programing of the interior, altering floor levels, raising ceiling heights, and staggering solid and void spaces creating a unique experience in this old traditional structure.  This first prototype was named the "Black Pearl" because of its bold contrast to the surrounding community with its black exterior and white interior color choices.