Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
An old school converted into a contemporary apartment in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Standard Studio
November 4th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Standard Studio
Collective Private Commission`: a 100 year old school-building in the center of Amsterdam is transformed into 10 spacious and sustainable apartments directly for the group OnsDorp Amsterdam (Our Village Amsterdam) of 10 young families. Each apartment has a different floor plan and different materials based on the individual wishes of the participants.
Sustainable technologies like solar technology, ground source heat pumps, insulation, green roofs etc. have been used to obtain a almost passive null-emission building.
This particular apartment was designed for a family of four. The teacher’s lounge got remodelled into the bedrooms and the classroom into the living space.
Due to its high ceilings, it was possible to create maisonettes, which lead for the whole family to be together, but still remain with a bit of privacy. It meant that in the living area we could combine all five elements; kitchen, living room, dining room, play area for the children and work space into one.
Storage is of essence when designing for a family with two young children, therefore as a result, furniture pieces were created under the stair cases that not only allowed for the children to put their toys, but also as a play and sitting area.
Concrete floors and steel staircases kept the characteristics of the school but when combined with plywood, it resulted in a bright and warm interior. This dwelling has a really nice vibe and energy, and suits the client very well; a young creative and conscious family living in the center of Amsterdam.
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