Benthem Crouwel Architects add color to reveal original materials of seventeenth-century Amsterdam canal house

Benthem Crouwel Architects add color to reveal original materials of seventeenth-century Amsterdam canal house

21 Oct 2021 News

The national heritage weaver’s house on the Vijzelgracht is one out of roughly eighty weaver’s houses that have survived. Benthem Crouwel Architects restored and renovated the canal house into a contemporary home, while preserving the original layout. The design reveals as much of the original material as possible.

Jannes Linders

The architects applied a bright color palette to enhance the variety in materials and spaces. The colors range from dark tones in the lower floor, to bright tones in the attic. The design combines careful new detailing with original seventeenth-century elements.

Jannes Linders

Most of the building was renovated and some elements were removed and added. A storage structure in the rear made way for a garden. The architects replaced an 1870 extension deemed unworthy of preservation with a three-storey conservatory.

Jannes Linders

Benthem Crouwel Architects transformed the house with its rich history into a contemporary dwelling. The renovation makes use of a variety of materials and techniques, both traditional and innovative. With a few modifications the house is fully equipped for the future.

Jannes Linders
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