The renovations to House N by Maxwan, a seaside villa in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, say little about the past owner’s occupation, but nevertheless imply a history. The house was originally a holiday stay of a concrete factory owner, and yet, the additions accentuate the synergy of other materials with the sturdy building material. A glass-encased extensions provides new light into the house, and most directly, into the kitchen. The glazing is inserted into a single, pre-cast form of concrete – a subtle nod to the material of importance. Inside, to accommodate a new attic space, a laser-cut strip of metal is twisted to form a transcendent spiral staircase that rests uplifts the heavier, more solid balustrade already present. Photography by Filip Dujardin.

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Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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