The Bloemgracht loft

The Bloemgracht loft

Walking through Amsterdam’s city center is always a delight because of the beautiful architecture and canals. Luckily we have the opportunity to see a typical canal house which dates from 1752, and used to be a sugar refinery two and a half centuries ago. Standard Studio did the full renovation and interior design for this monument on the unesco-protected canals. 

Situated on the Bloemgracht the loft house covers an area of 150 square meters. When the client, a young stockbroker bought the house, it was completely covered in plasterboard, lowered ceilings, and lots of tiny rooms without a clear function. The goal of Standard was to create the opposite; an open-plan interior for the real ‘loft’ feel.

The apartment was completely gutted and given a new look, yet the traditional essence and structure remained. The wooden beams create warmth and a sense of nostalgia, which, when combined with the modern design results in a harmonious beautiful interior. The materials used were all very basic; concrete, oiled oak, and unfinished hot-rolled steel. It gives a beautiful contrast with the plants, loose furniture, and art.

In the front of the house, the facade side with a view of the Bloemgracht (meaning “flower canal”) the architects, Wouter Slot & Jurjen van Hulzen designed the living room and on a split level the bar and dining area. There’s a great kitchen made from mat powder-coated steel with marble tops and perfectly integrated high-end equipment. On the backside of the kitchen wall, they created a walk-in closet and bathroom with 2 rainfall showers. This all together is one of two functional units in this open plan layout. The other multi-functional unit is created in the corner next to the entrance and holds the sauna, spa, shower, and restroom.

The remaining space is the bedroom, office, and bathing area (with a freestanding bath) in one. A multi-functional big black book is holding the library, the bed, and art. And it can close it all off with sliding doors nicely detailed away in this bespoke furniture piece.


Address: Bloemgracht, Amsterdam
Client: Private residence
Design: Standard Studio
Completion: 2015
Assignment: Interior design
Size: 150 m2
Contractor: Bouwunie
Project manager: –
Interior fit-out: Eginstill
Photography: Standard Studio

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