There’s a lovely family house in Amsterdam with a pretty cool story and we’re about to have a closer look at it. The house enjoys a prime location at the center of the city and it didn’t actually always used to be a place to live in. It was originally built in the 1930s and it functioned as a hardware store and later as a garage. In 2020 architecture studio Barde+vanVoltt made the final change, converting into a beautiful home for a family of four.
As you can imagine, transforming this structure into a suitable living space was a real challenge. The biggest issue was the fact that since the building was not meant to engage a lot with the exterior, it was very dark and gloomy on the inside. Bringing natural light into what would later become a cozy home became the main priority. In total, this place covers a 100 square meter area which made it possible for the architects to divide it into a series of common and private areas that feel quite open and airy.
It was important for the new interior design to make this place feel inviting and comfortable but at the same time a decision was made to seek inspiration in the building’s industrial past. As a result, the array of materials used throughout the transformation were chosen for their durability and their ability to bridge the gap between the past and the present. The original concrete floors were preserved and incorporated into the new design along with natural clay walls, warm wooden accents and metal elements that introduce a retro-industrial flair into the new decor.