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Jan172013

A converted office space

Nicolet, a real estate developer from Amsterdam, emailed with a really impressive project she just completed that I had to share. It is an 90 m2 apartment in De Pijp area. The Ruysdaelkade is formally known as a red light district.  It is a studio with a walk-in bedroom and walk-in bathroom. I created a patio to provide more day light. I bought it as on office and turned it into an apartment. It is build around 1920 as a temporary church in name of our Queen, but unfortunately there are no signes of that anymore. Unfortunately, for the sale of houses in Amsterdam, everything needs to be pretty plain without being to eccentric. I absolutely love the simplicity of the space. It allows the gorgeous details to stand out - like the hardwood floors (YES!!). And that patio - so cool!!! (View the listing here)



(Photos by Monne Zwemmer of Studio Senz)

Reader Comments (14)

Sigh. I'm from the Netherlands, and places like this make me miss home. So many apartments and houses have that warm, soothing white glow that I am having a hell of a time replicating here in Edmonton. It must be the light quality that differs. A lot of Nederlanders have taken minimalism and modernism a bit too far, in my humble opinion. This apartment seems to meet very comfortably in the middle.

17 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShane

Love, love, love the wood floors...
What a great diet aid... Paul Newman in the kitchen... can't imagine downing a pint of Ben & Jerry's while that lovely face is looking at me...
The atrium, I would call that the think tank...
I get anxious just looking at the desk facing away from the front door... bad feng shui....?

17 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Beautiful and imaginative, love the tiny courtyard! However the whole space reminds me how very un-Dutch I am about privacy, and being overlooked. Or approached from behind for that matter, I'm with Margaret!

17 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

Sigh too, I'm from the Netherlands too and love this too!
The floor makes for the atmosphere, I'd totally live here.
Lovely job!

17 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNannette

I do love a good before and after post! Great renovation here!

17 Jan 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpejper

Love the space. Love the cook top. Definitely agree about the desk. Chair should face out. Less glare on the computer screen that way, too. Would love to know how well the shower works for keeping water in the shower area, but it's gorgeous.

17 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Wow wow wow... so amazing, I could live there! Loving the indoor garden concept too. Thanks for sharing.

"I get anxious just looking at the desk facing away from the front door... bad feng shui....?"


Just what I thought. Phew! :)

Overall, great job!

18 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMig

Wow, it looks amazing!

18 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatrjoschki

Love it, light and space are well used... good job.

Like @Mig the only remark i could give is this desk in front of the street window ? It's cold, no privacy?
Weird... Why not make a small open cloakroom?

18 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamil

Toilet is a living room and patio away from the shower?

18 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Paan

It's great :)

18 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterM.

I'd roll the chair around to the other side of the desk. And wouldn't a huge pull-down shade be interesting between the desk area and the end of the kitchen? Perhaps a giant photo of a forest scene or ocean surf ...

19 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCussot

It's true Nannette! Although I'm bored with the glass walled showers. I, for one, have no interest in having to squeegie (sp?) them after having a relaxing rain shower, but everyone I know back home has one. If and when I move back, I'll be hoping and praying for an apartment with a standalone tub. Although you know how difficult that is to find, ha!

19 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShane

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