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Expansion of Van der Leeuw Opticians, DelftVan der Leeuw Opticians has been established in a corner property in the historical centre of Delft for many years. The two upper floors of the property, originally two buildings, have been completely reconfigured and now interconnect more smoothly. The architect was asked to create order, make the attics more easily accessible and add new functions.
A great many functions have been accommodated in a clear-cut manner within a small surface area: an extra eye-test space, a kitchen, toilets, a canteen, a grinding workshop, an office, a changing room, a stockroom and storage depot. The interior is characterised by a mixture of style elements from present and past. The new routing and the new stairwell form the core of the design. A new staircase connects the first and second floor and leads to a landing, for which two separate flights of stairs continue to the individual attics and to a corridor with separate rooms. Daylight enters in an attractive manner via the stairs, making use of existing openings as well as a newly added dormer window.
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