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

By Dwell @dwell
Amsterdam loft with Eames lounge chair

This open-concept Amsterdam loft features soaring 15-foot ceilings, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and a Jielde light. Throughout the home, Standard Studio architects Wouter Slot and Jurjen van Hulzen favored raw materials, including concrete, oiled oak, and hot-rolled steel, all of which complemented the original space's industrial feel. Tucked smartly underneath the loft, a compact home office features functional built-in shelving and an Eames DSR chair.

Architect  Standard Studio

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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