This lovely, light filled home is one of ten that have been created within a 100 year old school building in the centre of Amsterdam. Each apartment, designed by Studio Standard, has a different floor plan, and different materials are used based on the individual wishes of the participants. This one was especially for a family of four and all of the apartments use sustainable technologies like solar technology, ground source heat pumps, insulation, green roofs etc. which have been used to obtain an almost passive zero-emission building.
Concrete floors and steel staircases have ensured that the characteristics of the old school have not been lost but these industrial materials have been combined with plywood, which has resulted in a more contemporary edge to the interior. While the soaring ceilings have allowed for mezzanine floors which do not crowd the space and ensure that the large expanse of windows flood all of the rooms with light.
It’s the kind of open plan living that families crave. All members can be doing their own thing but are all connected and not shut away. They have cleverly taken advantage of the height of the walls too with shelving and storage that looks attractive whilst being supremely practical. It’s almost like a large scale piece of art that bridges the gap between the kitchen and the office on the mezzanine level.
All of the white surfaces bounce the light around and make this a very bright and warm interior.
The master bedroom is situated in the old teacher’s lounge. While the classroom is now the main living space.
Storage has been created everywhere which I love. Even the children’s beds have storage underneath and the space above the windows has been utilised to great effect.
Do you think they have room for an occasional lodger?