In the city center of Amsterdam, local firm Standard Studio has converted a canal house built at the beginning of the 17th century into a light-filled loft. From the street the only part visible is big double garage door that marks the entrance.
The loft is entered through the garage where is space for an old classic car and bikes. Adjacent to the entrance you come in at the sitting pit carried out with a home cinema.
The loft is mostly built in a former courtyard without any windows providing daylight. Central in the layout Standard Studio designed a patio in the middle of the space bringing in the daylight and adding some outdoor space. All the program like bedrooms, bathroom, walk-in closet, and kitchen are situated around the patio. The patio is used to organize all the program which still allows the space to feel very open.
To add more natural daylight six extra big roof lights are created to provide a lot of light to the spaces around the courtyard. Even though the loft is in the middle of a residential courtyard there is a lot of privacy because no direct visible connection is made through the surrounding buildings. The end result is a bright and vibrant open floorplan that suits the lifestyle of the inhabitants. Open but private.