Bright and Sunny Amsterdam Apartment Renovation

Although it’s a beautiful and historic city, Amsterdam is also home to typically gloomy weather. This presented a challenge – and an inspiration – for the architects from MAMM Design when they were renovating this 85-year-old apartment that was exceptionally dreary. The team eventually took a cue from the homeowners’ desire for more sunlight and moved around the staircases, knocked down a few walls, and really opened the space up so that it is welcoming for every family member and visitors as well.

The kitchen and bathroom are located around the center tower element and utilize the home’s pipe box that already ran through this space.
The kitchen and bathroom are located around the center tower element and utilize the home’s pipe box that already ran through this space.

White walls and plenty of vertical space also emphasize the overall area and make things feel sunny even when it may be overcast outside.
White walls and plenty of vertical space also emphasize the overall area and make things feel sunny even when it may be overcast outside.

We can easily see the way the space in the house flows, from inside the creatively sunken kitchen all the way out onto the terrace.
We can easily see the way the space in the house flows, from inside the creatively sunken kitchen all the way out onto the terrace.

A few carefully placed houseplants add a splash of greenery without becoming too much work for the homeowners.
A few carefully placed houseplants add a splash of greenery without becoming too much work for the homeowners.

The open and airy living space on the main floor is kid friendly, yet sophisticated.
The open and airy living space on the main floor is kid friendly, yet sophisticated.

Here we can peek into that centrally located bathroom area, which is convenient in terms of design and renovation, but also in terms of daily use.
Here we can peek into that centrally located bathroom area, which is convenient in terms of design and renovation, but also in terms of daily use.

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Various landings throughout the home make it easy for the family to communicate and see one another all day.
Various landings throughout the home make it easy for the family to communicate and see one another all day.

The dark staircase that blocked so much overhead light in the previous design was removed and replaced with a simple metal grated stairway that climbs to the highest level of the home.
The dark staircase that blocked so much overhead light in the previous design was removed and replaced with a simple metal grated stairway that climbs to the highest level of the home.

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In the perch above the kitchen, a simple playroom also lets in sunlight but is closed off enough that kids can play without fear of taking a tumble.
In the perch above the kitchen, a simple playroom also lets in sunlight but is closed off enough that kids can play without fear of taking a tumble.

Interior windows are another way light is allowed to travel through the home.
Interior windows are another way light is allowed to travel through the home.

The exterior does not betray the modern and spacious interior, but the floor plans offer insight as to how the whole project took shape.
The exterior does not betray the modern and spacious interior, but the floor plans offer insight as to how the whole project took shape.

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