Collection by Sarah Akkoush

A Cute, Open-Plan Renovation in a 100-Year-Old Amsterdam Schoolhouse


A historic Dutch schoolhouse gets a residential redesign by Standard Studio.

For an active family of five in Amsterdam, this century-old schoolhouse building was given a second life when it was transformed into an open-plan family dwelling. First the school was converted into 10 apartments by Casa Architecten, then Amsterdam-based Standard Studio was hired to tackle the interior design of one of the individual apartments. Throughout the space, simple and industrial materials were favored, a nod to the original utilitarian function of the space.

The old classroom space is now an open-concept living and family room.
The open-plan living room is Standard Studio architect and creative director Jurjen van Hulzen’s favorite part of the...
Once a teacher’s lounge, the master bedroom now occupies the first-floor space.
The kitchen is completely open to the main living area and features a custom birch pegboard wall.
The loft addition afforded space for a home office and music area.
Another former teacher’s lounge was converted into a kid's bedroom.
The main hallway and corridor leading to the apartment was kept all-original; the entrance appears just as it did 100...
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