Before & After: An Architect Couple in Amsterdam Turn a Garage Into a Gauzy, Light-Filled Home

Bringing in skylights, custom glass doors, and tactile finishes, Bart van Seggelen and Valérie Boerma render the car park unrecognizable.

As far as garages go, this one was pretty standard. At the base of a 1930s building in Amsterdam, the car park—formerly a hardware store—came with oil-stained concrete floors, fluorescent lighting, and reflective tape discouraging drivers from scraping the hefty pillars. Not exactly the makings of a warm and inviting family home, but Bart van Seggelen and Valérie Boerma, interior architects and founders of the design firm Barde + vanVoltt, thought differently.

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