Van Beers House by 13 Speciaal
Developer Luc van Beers’ home is in the De Dichterlijke Vrijheid block, which is located in the city’s Spangen area. It was surrounded by pre-renovation by old local authority flats and the area had a less-than-perfect reputation. Since the renovation, prices have been steadily rising in the block, and the area has seen great improvement.
Van Beers and his company, 13 Speciaal, personally followed the works, with the help of architect Dolf Dobbelaar, who did the basic floor plan and layout, such as the unconventional position of the staircase (it is centrally placed rather than next to a wall, as is traditional for this type of residence). All of the further interior design and styling was the work of 13 Speciaal.
‘The biggest challenge was to bring transparency as well as functionality and spatial integration into a proportionally narrow, four-storey home,’ says van Beers. ‘The position of the staircase was key in the design, because it freed up both side walls and helped plan the circulation flow better. The result speaks for itself.’
Photography: Paul Swagerman