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Pieter Weijnen’s brand of maritime modernism brings a touch of magic to Amsterdam’s Steigereiland, where the architect built his family’s home. Inhabiting one of the development’s narrow plots, the house harkens back to the area’s nautical roots with a suspended shiplike story, visible from the street.

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  The suspended living room's scaly belly doesn't detract from the unfussy kitchen and dining area. A recycled Berlage-era table base (with a new tabletop), a deep blue lamp, and Arper chairs add to the maritime feel of the house.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The suspended living room's scaly belly doesn't detract from the unfussy kitchen and dining area. A recycled Berlage-era table base (with a new tabletop), a deep blue lamp, and Arper chairs add to the maritime feel of the house.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Ceramic floors with radiant heating and cozy wall sconces top off the distinctive appearance, smell, and sound.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Ceramic floors with radiant heating and cozy wall sconces top off the distinctive appearance, smell, and sound.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The hanging living room gains greater privacy via a gauzy curtain wall.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The hanging living room gains greater privacy via a gauzy curtain wall.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The concrete bases of the mooring posts are decorated with seashells.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The concrete bases of the mooring posts are decorated with seashells.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Weijnen's office adjoins the living room, an open area furnished with a 1950s television cabinet (housing a new TV), a battered armchair found on the street, a Fellice Rosso leather sofa, and a Koot Licht floor lamp.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Weijnen's office adjoins the living room, an open area furnished with a 1950s television cabinet (housing a new TV), a battered armchair found on the street, a Fellice Rosso leather sofa, and a Koot Licht floor lamp.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  In the master bedroom, a large window looks out onto the surrounding rooftops.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    In the master bedroom, a large window looks out onto the surrounding rooftops.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Finn's street-facing room at the front of the house is enlivened by varying window sizes.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Finn's street-facing room at the front of the house is enlivened by varying window sizes.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The master bathroom is softly lit by a skylight. The bath, by Laufen, is sunk into the floor to maintain a feeling of space.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The master bathroom is softly lit by a skylight. The bath, by Laufen, is sunk into the floor to maintain a feeling of space.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The terrace is paved with Chinese hardstone tiles and recycled-wood planks. The garden furniture and planters are also made from recycled wood.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The terrace is paved with Chinese hardstone tiles and recycled-wood planks. The garden furniture and planters are also made from recycled wood.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The "floating" staircase is actually supported by steel rods hidden within each step.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The "floating" staircase is actually supported by steel rods hidden within each step.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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