Dakopbouw monument G10
The present Gerecht 10 building was among the first houses that were built in the 14th century in the area surrounding the Gerecht square and the Pieterskerk. In recent decades the building was used as a residence hall for women students. While in the forthcoming renovation its basic structure will be maintained, at the same time the building’s interior will be significantly upgraded (energy efficiency, sound insulation and up-to-date installations). Furthermore, permission has been obtained to add to the current structure a floor with a roof, which will house solar-powered warm-water installation.
The current trend in The Netherlands is to recycle existing buildings rather than to replace them. In the old city of Leiden Mirck Architecture has designed such a rejuvenation for a 15th century landmark canal house. In the 1960s the building’s interior was effectively destroyed, which sad event opened interesting perspectives for the building’s redevelopment. The building is now used as an Annex by the International Tax Center Leiden, a Leiden University affiliated institute for postgraduate studies that is housed in the neighboring mansion at Rapenburg 65.
Recycled Canal House
When the first floor (bel-etage) and the basement of landmark canal house Keizersgracht 522 were recently vacated after many decades of intensive use, both floors were in obvious need of a complete overhaul. In addition, the building’s foundation needed comprehensive repair. Mirck Architecture was commissioned to take on the reconstruction and, along with interior architect Hayo Waisfisz, to design a new interior.