Staircase House
Landschapshotel - Amsterdam
TQ Amsterdam
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Downtown Apartment
Uit Je Eigen Stad CS
Garage House
Lodge I + II + III
TQ Amsterdam | under construction
Boardwing Pon Automotive
Tivoli Vredenburg
Pon Holding
Headquarter Transavia Airlines
Cigar Pantry
Staircase House

Sun flooded family home

Staircase House

Sun flooded family home

The staircase in a house like this South-facing family home in Amsterdam’s Oud-West is typically placed at the front. Due to the narrow and expansive floorplan, the staircase ends up blocking a lot of light. As the family expanded from two to three floors, an opportunity arose to create a brighter and more spacious home.


Two apartments were joined, the staircase was moved to the center of the building and a lofted space was created. The children's bedrooms are now located on the top floor, while the middle floor accommodates a master bedroom and a quiet study.


The family comes together on the lower floor of what the owners describe as a "beautiful, cosy, child-friendly place” in which all of the space is expertly streamlined and used effectively.

Client Private
Location Amsterdam | Kostverlorenkade
Square meters 150 m²
Year 2015
Status In Use
Photography Mathieu van Ek
Team Renée Appelo
Marleen van Driel
Paul van Ginkel
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