In this building we showed that monumental features are not an inhibition but a challenge. Until recently the second floor was used as an individual apartment. The level was rebuild as bedroom floor with a master bedroom that includes a dressing- and bathroom and three bedrooms for the three sons, with a kids bathroom comprising three fraternally adjacent sinks. The boys can connect their bedrooms by opening the wide sliding doors to create a single large room. We also negotiated a special permit from the city to build an interior stairway from the entrance level to the second floor. We were able to install the staircase without damaging monumental beams.


Brief description: renovation of state monument
Address: Herengracht, Amsterdam
Principal: private
Contractor: Verkuijl bouw- en aannemingsbedrijf
Year: 2009-2010
Photography: Roos Aldershoff