A Renovated Brick Schoolhouse in the Netherlands

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April 23, 2014
Originally published in Modern Today
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Lucky Number 13
With a palette of earthy colors and materials, and some thoughtful architectural interventions, a soaring schoolhouse in the Netherlands is reborn.
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  With the help of architects X+L Studio, Nynke Meeuwissen and Mark Aink rehabilitated an old school outside of Amsterdam into a comfortable roost for their family of five. The former gym—with original herringbone parquet floors—is now the living room, furnished with Minotti sofas, a Danskina rug, and a Gyrofocus wood-burning stove.
    With the help of architects X+L Studio, Nynke Meeuwissen and Mark Aink rehabilitated an old school outside of Amsterdam into a comfortable roost for their family of five. The former gym—with original herringbone parquet floors—is now the living room, furnished with Minotti sofas, a Danskina rug, and a Gyrofocus wood-burning stove.
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  Aink and Meeuwissen were initially hesitant to move outside of Amsterdam, but saw the raw potential of a circa-1840 Monnickendam building, 20 minutes outside the city, which had suffered several poor renovations to the 6,000-square-foot interior.
    Aink and Meeuwissen were initially hesitant to move outside of Amsterdam, but saw the raw potential of a circa-1840 Monnickendam building, 20 minutes outside the city, which had suffered several poor renovations to the 6,000-square-foot interior.
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  In the dining room, a vintage galvanized-steel table from Dominio is paired with Eames DAR chairs and Sphere lamps by Bart Lens. The wall art, by Nan Groot Antink, depicts dyes derived from 78 Dutch plants and was found at an Utrecht museum show.
    In the dining room, a vintage galvanized-steel table from Dominio is paired with Eames DAR chairs and Sphere lamps by Bart Lens. The wall art, by Nan Groot Antink, depicts dyes derived from 78 Dutch plants and was found at an Utrecht museum show.
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  On one side of the house’s central stair is the travertine-clad kitchen. The custom cabinetry is made of painted MDF with stainless-steel counters; the oven is by Smeg.
    On one side of the house’s central stair is the travertine-clad kitchen. The custom cabinetry is made of painted MDF with stainless-steel counters; the oven is by Smeg.
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  Aink and Meeuwissen renovated their home over eight years; the adaptable design suits growing teenagers Yannick, 16; Sasha, 11; and Tamar, 14.
    Aink and Meeuwissen renovated their home over eight years; the adaptable design suits growing teenagers Yannick, 16; Sasha, 11; and Tamar, 14.
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  Amending Meeuwissen’s early request for an open bathroom space, the architects devised a more private chamber with an overhead skylight and walls in stone tile from Intercodam Tegels.
    Amending Meeuwissen’s early request for an open bathroom space, the architects devised a more private chamber with an overhead skylight and walls in stone tile from Intercodam Tegels.
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  The master bedroom overlooks one of the oldest streets in Monnickendam. The Eames chair is from Herman Miller, and the custom headboard, covered in Indian silk, is by X+L Studio.
    The master bedroom overlooks one of the oldest streets in Monnickendam. The Eames chair is from Herman Miller, and the custom headboard, covered in Indian silk, is by X+L Studio.
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  13 Noordeinde Floor Plan

A	Entrance
B	Dining Room
C	Kitchen
D	Living Room
E	Master Bedroom
F	Bathroom
G	Bedroom
J	Guest Room
K	Sleeping Loft  Courtesy of X + L Studio.
    13 Noordeinde Floor Plan A Entrance B Dining Room C Kitchen D Living Room E Master Bedroom F Bathroom G Bedroom J Guest Room K Sleeping Loft Courtesy of X + L Studio.
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