by Enrique Krahe

Built in 1996 in the historic center of Delft, and surrounded by traditional row houses, Pluympot XII had a double façade, facing both the street and the inner gardens. Despite furnished with large glazed surfaces, the house was neglecting the relationship with the exterior, and inner spaces were insufficiently illuminated, and visually segregated.

The transformation concerns mainly the inner distribution, except the rear side, were a small court appears as a result of the displacement of the façade. The intervention reverses thus the spatial order of the house by centralizing a double height space, and develops following three premises:

1:: Maintaining the two glazed fronts, enhancing the transparency of the house towards the exterior.
2:: To gradually increase the width of the lateral wall in order to accommodate such functions as storage, kitchen and caltwalk. The kitchen-dinning creates a sort of vortex around which circulations, space and light converge.
3:: Merging of spaces both in plan and section, in such way that light (direct or indirect) and views diagonally criss-cross the house.

Architects: Enrique Krahe
Collaborators: Aranzazu Montero, David Hurtado
Contractor: Spijker Renovatie
Location: Delft, Netherlands
Date: 2017
Photography: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

Architects: Enrique Krahe

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Enrique Krahe graduated from ETSA Madrid in 1999. Previously, he had studied in Venice and Paris. Since 2000 he runs his own practice in Madrid and since 2009 in Delft [Netherlands]. Working on his own, his office’s proposals have been awarded in several architectural competitions [Lamp, Hernández Gil, IALD, Europan 8 Cáceres, Europan 9 Trondheim, Europan 10 Emmen, Nominee EU Mies Awards 2009-2011, FAD, AR+d, Enor, Saloni…].
At the same time, he’s developed a continuous editorial activity, started in 2002 co-editor of Oeste Magazine. His critical essays have been published in books and magazines.
He has been granted as researcher by the COAM Cultural Foundation, has conducted workshops in the UIC [Barcelona], NTNU Trondheim [Norway], Iberoamerican University of Puebla [Mexico], TU Delft and has been teaching in the UCJC until he moved to Delft, where he currently collaborates with several universities. His projects have been published in numerous media and have taken part in exhibitions such us VIII BIA, Freshmadrid, XI Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venecia or VII BIAU.