A house on a dike in Amsterdam was reconverted for a young family. Since its construction in 1920 the house had been extended in series of projects that enlarged the house but created poor lighting conditions. By breaking a hole into the middle of the house, the rooms on the bottom floor was dramatically improved.
At the ground floor, which is at dike level, a roof terrace is extended around the patio creating a series of vertically connected open spaces.
The patio is designed to create natural ventilated though stack effect. Furthermore high insulation, solar panels and a heat-pump create a house that is extremely energy efficient despite its old age.