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Amsterdam’s Old School Converted into Apartment by Standard Studio

Standard Studio

Standard Studio has created this apartment for a family inside a 100 years school-building in the center of Amsterdam recently turned into a series of apartments. The renovation of the school was commissioned by Ons Dorp – a collective of 10 young families who grouped together to buy the building and develop it into new apartments. Dutch firm Casa Architecten has developed a unique floor plan for each of the 10 apartments, dependent on each family’s whishes. Materials and furniture were then selected to suit their individual tastes.


Amsterdam-based Standard Studio was then asked to design the interior of this particular apartment for a family of four. The teacher’s lounge got remodelled into the bedrooms and the classroom into the living space. Due to its high ceilings, it was possible to create maisonettes, which lead for the whole family to be together, but still remain with a bit of privacy. It meant that in the living area they could combine all five elements; kitchen, living room, dining room, play area for the children and work space into one.


Storage is of essence when designing for a family with two young children, therefore as a result, furniture pieces were created under the stair cases that not only allowed for the children to put their toys, but also as a play and sitting area.

Concrete floors and steel staircases kept the characteristics of the school but when combined with plywood, it resulted in a bright and warm interior. This dwelling has a really nice vibe and energy, and suits the client very well; a young creative and conscious family living in the center of Amsterdam.

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