Transformation of a Barge into a Property by BBVH Architects Rotterdam

By Magaly – Categories: Bathroom, Bedroom, Curiosity, Decorative Add-ons, Dining Space, Furnishings, Houses, Interior Design, Kitchen, Residing Room, Remodeling, Terrace, Special Design   

This quirky project was finished in 2013 by BBVH Architects Rotterdam.

It consists of transforming what was once a Belgian barge into a cozy boathouse now positioned in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Transformation of a barge into a home by BBVH Architects Rotterdam:

“Artist Laura and restaurant proprietor John required a greater houseboat because of loved ones expansion. Their eye fell on a 40 meter (130 foot) long Belgian Spitz Barge which had just retired from its prolonged lifestyle of hauling freight above the European rivers. They had been so impressed by the adore and commitment the captain had offered the ship throughout its active many years that they decided not to demolish or refurbish the steering hut, the deckhouse and the machine space. They wished the ship to remain navigable so no alternation could be created to the engine, steering installation and all other aspects concerning the security and certification of the ship.

When we took on the assignment our main aim was to make a light and airy houseboat. Most houseboats made in the cargo hold of a ship tend to be dark and at times gloomy. To keep away from this gloominess we launched a massive patio and 18 oversized bronze portholes. Although a significant investment we had to use these watertight Pakistan cast portholes in buy to maintain the vessel navigable. The entrance to the home is via a smaller sized patio just in front of the steering hut. Apart from the certified portholes we made no incisions in the hull of the ship.

The steel interior of the cargo hold was then insulated with 10 centimeters (4 inches) of foam and covered with light colored plywood. The floor is a cast cement floor on top of the isolations and piping.

For the patio itself the major components were an outdoor bathtub and a pear tree. The safety of younger kids is of course an concern on a ship and a patio is an best way of providing kids outside playroom with no the threat of falling overboard. The pear tree is not a frequent element on a ship but in terms of weight and dimension it is an straightforward job to for a vessel utilised to carry hundreds of tons sand, cement or stones.

The kitchen and interior of the ship had been manufactured in close collaboration with the owners of the ship and reflect the ar2rk of Laura and the restaurant experience of John. Central piece of the ship is the cooking island which is often covered with fresh greens, herbs from their very own patio and one particular or 2 pans on the stove. The children rest in the front of the ship exactly where the shipmate had his small hut, with the woodwork and the berth this youngsters area breaths the ambiance of an outdated ship. Additional on along the corridor are the bathroom and the parent’s area. The space of the mothers and fathers is connected to the patio and has a skylight. Once again this area does not remind you of the tiny bed bunks and the juggling with room you see normally in ships and houseboats but in truth the room seems much more like a light backyard room.

Simply because the cargo hold measures 5 x thirty meters (sixteen x 98 feet) and is 3.2 m (eleven ft) higher it was achievable to fit the plan of a quite spacious apartment or even a suburban row home, anything fairly exclusive for the Amsterdam city center. The deckhouse and steering hut have been restored and relatively modernized and are now rented out as an independent mini apartment.”

Images by: Luuk Kramer

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