Amsterdam-based studio i29 transformed a run-down 17th century canal house into a bright and spacious residence with unexpected views. The house was built in 1675 and is located along the canals in Amstelveld. The house had become almost completely derelict over the years; the renovation took more than two years and was carried out in partnership with a team of specialists. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.
From the architects: The new interior highlights different areas in color which gives a new perspective on the monument. Original details are variously exposed or hidden in colorful rooms. To create unexpected sight-lines and a spatial experience, the different spaces are connected by allowing color or finish to continue from one space to another. In contrast to the existing structure, new interventions and finishes by i29 are clearly recognizable.
The kitchen space on the ground floor is finished in white concrete, light walls and a custom designed oak kitchen and dining table. As you walk through, a green glass volume marks a hidden guest room that is fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom and access to the garden. The kitchen is visually connected to the study room above through a gray stained oak wall, which also forms a beautiful entrance to the rooms above. The same gray continues in the living room but in a fabric wall covering for acoustics. Behind the rotating book wall in the living room is another hidden area completely in a calming blue finish to read or relax.
Upstairs you enter the sleeping quarters, where the design radiates comfort and luxury like a true hotel experience. The master bedroom with its original roof construction is separated from the bathroom by a mirrored volume that encloses both the stairwell and shower area.The shower walls are constructed with two-way mirrors, which gives a direct view of the canals. The adjacent bathroom has a traditional Japanese bath and freestanding matching sink in wood. All new and clearly designed interventions are tailor-made for this 17th century house, so it fits completely within the existing environment, but also raises the house to a higher level and is ready for the next generation.
Interior design: i29
Object: Canal House Amsterdam
Size: 115 m2
Contractor: G.K. Visbeen & Co.
Interior builder: Schneider Interieurbouw
Photos: Ewout Huibers
Find more projects by i29 architects: i29.nl