There are about eighty left. The houses of weavers in Amsterdam represent a precious heritage, protected at national level, and the Vijzelgracht House is one of them. In fact, its design, signed by Philips Vingboons, dates back to around 1670.
After a series of vicissitudes and a declaration of unavailability, finally in 2017 the Dutch studio Benthem Crouwel Architects took over the renovations to transform the original weaver’s house into a modern apartment of 235 square meters with an internal garden, recently completed.
While keeping as much as possible of the original layout, the spaces have been refreshed with a pop atmosphere, full of rhythm. Each room, varying in size, has its own character. The current interventions integrate naturally with the original elements of the seventeenth century.
Arranged on three levels, during the day it is flooded with natural light in all rooms, even in the bathroom. With theatrical backdrop effects, the structural parts create a scenographic atmosphere, where the bends of the steep stairs left in their natural state alternate with the large almost full-height windows of the living room.
The boldly matched materials surprise, from wood more than finished to satin metal, from resin in acid colors to grit for bathrooms and kitchens. The chosen color palette homogenizes and enhances all spaces, passing from the dark tones of the lower floor to the light tones of the attic floor.
The veranda makes the house even more dynamic, which visually communicates with the outdoor garden created in a space added in 1870 and then used as a warehouse. Developed on all three floors, it offers light, a view of the outside and a passage to the winter garden on the ground floor, covered with wooden slats and embellished with plant pots. A welcoming, witty family home, where contagious joy is savored.
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