Garage House
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Garage House

Family Loft in former car-garage

Garage House

Family Loft in former car-garage

Once hidden by two well-aged overhead doors, this former car-garage turned family loft is located in the eastern edge of Amsterdam's old city centre and boasts a courtyard in the back.


The “Eastern Islands” neighbourhood has a rich history of old shipping wharfs on the water's edge,and retains a warm village-like character to this day. The conversion from car-garage to family living space makes for an innovative use of this industrial plot.


An open floor plan creates a modern Y-shaped living area. The plot is partitioned into three zones: a kitchen, living & library, and children's area. The kitchen and living spaces are located on the brighter and busier , street-side, while the children and adjacent bedrooms have been placed in the more peaceful and private rear of the home.


In addition to the spatial considerations, the design process sought to innovatively overcome potential budget restraints. The majority of the construction elements added have been designed to allow resources to be concentrated on the kitchen and new facades. The resulting kitchen boasts a commanding six-meter long marble worktop as well as ninety original steel, ‘blass grune’ window frames. Untreated concrete floors, textured plaster work, a steel door and the window frames serve as a captivating ode to the industrial history of this now modern living space.

Location Amsterdam | Hoogte Kadijk
Square meters 120 m²
Year 2013
Status In Use
Photography Mathieu van Ek
Team Renée Appelo
Pieterjan Goedhart
About the Studio

Studio Appelo is an Amsterdam-based studio for architecture, landscape and interior. Our designs gently guide users through all kinds of environments. We value the given context and create space, rather than delineating it. Working closely with our clients, manufacturers and suppliers, we design for innovation, intimacy and interaction.

Our team’s experience extends beyond the sphere of architecture. Studio Appelo is an associate partner of QuA and a creative advisor and honorary member of TQ. Renee Appelo is also affiliated with the Architecture and Heritage department of the Technical University Delft


Studio Appelo

Delistraat 44hs
1019 CX Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 6 149 727 04


Renée Appelo
Lars Goossens
Paul van Ginkel  
Kevin Goh 

Arif Kornweitz (website)


Alan Turing School
Bacchus Holding B.V.
Dr. Feelgood
Freelodge B.V.
Interior Consult
Jong Geleerd
Lensvelt Contract B.V.
fam. van Driem
fam. Loijmans-Hene
Obey Clothing
Tel Makelaars
The Next Web B.V.
Trivium Lindenhof
TQ Amsterdam
TU Delft
Uit Je Eigen Stad
Tivoli Vredenburg