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Collection by Sarah Akkoush

An 18th-Century Sugar Refinery in Amsterdam Becomes a Modern Loft

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Along a picturesque canal, a historic building receives a clean renovation.

In a 1752 sugar refinery on the Bloemgracht canal in Amsterdam, architecture and interior design firm Standard Studio imagined a home for their client, a young stockbroker. When the building was purchased, the owner and design team inherited a 1600-square-foot space with a choppy layout, low ceilings, and numerous small rooms lacking clear functions. Their objective in the redesign was simple: open up the space to create a contemporary loft aesthetic, while respectfully retaining the history and character of the two-and-a-half-century-old building.

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