Collection by Sarah Akkoush

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


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.

This open-concept Amsterdam loft features soaring 15-foot ceilings, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and a Jielde...
The original beams, as seen from the loft, offer a warm and textural contrast to the sleek and modern finishes...
When planning the renovation, the owner gave Standard Studio complete freedom to develop the design.
Adjacent to the bedroom, the bathroom features microcement-coated walls, along with a custom sink and vanity.
On the side of the home that faces the canal, the main kitchen’s aesthetic is decidedly elemental.
Connected to the kitchen by a flight of stairs, the bar features cohesive custom fittings and furniture by Eginstill.
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