An interior was discovered in Amsterdam-South with a great historical and architectural value. The original interior dates back to 1923 and was designed by Napoleon Le Grand in the style of the Amsterdam School. The decorated paneling, the velvet walls, the stained glass windows, the decorated furniture and the authentic state make this interior unique.
The appointment of the interior to a monumental status was the start of transforming the entire house to a ‘writers-in-residence’ on the upper floors and a reception room on ground floor. Spatially, the house is conceived as a stack of different spaces that transform, in terms of material and spatiality, from a monumental to an ephemeral character. The classic dark materials of the monumental ground floor are gradually replaced by abstract and light materials on the first floor and transparent and translucent materials on the second floor.
Simultaneously with the change of materials, the orientation changes per floor. As a consequence, each floor has its own character, and yet stay an integral part of of the house as a whole.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Program: Cultural space, writers in residence
Area: 410 m2
Status: Building permit
Project Team: Paulien Bremmer Architects, Jarrik Ouburg
Consultants: Brouwer & Kok Constructeurs, BBN Adviseurs, Restauration architect Laurens Vis, Historical research by Barbara van der Laan and Alexander Westra