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A 17th Century Weaver’s House Transforms Into a Modern Home in Amsterdam

01.24.22 | By
A 17th Century Weaver’s House Transforms Into a Modern Home in Amsterdam
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Benthem Crouwel Architects transformed a 17th century weaver’s house in Amsterdam into a modern family home. The Vijzelgracht House was built in 1670 by Philips Vingboons and remains one of about 80 weaver’s houses to have survived. Being that it’s a national heritage site, the architects carefully restored the home while preserving the layout and exposing many of the original materials. Old additions have been replaced with a new one built to today’s standards. The results are a home built for the future while honoring its rich past full of character.

modern home renovation interior with white walls and colorful furnishings

This open living space is filled with light that bounces off the white walls which are the perfect background for the bright colorful furnishings. The original ceiling and beams are painted a pale green color which is picked up in the curated mix of furnishings in shades of green.

modern home renovation interior with white walls and colorful furnishings including dichroic glass

Dichroic glass panels are used as a railing around the staircase adding additional layers of changing light.

modern home renovation interior with white walls and colorful furnishings

The attic space houses the main bedroom and bathroom featuring colorful pitched ceilings.

modern loft interior bathroom with colorful pitched ceiling

narrow room with wood paneling on all surfaces with a built-in upholstered bench

atrium interior with glass ceiling and yellow floor with desk and chair

A three-story glass conservatory was added in the back in place of an 1870 extension that was not considered historical.

The lower floors feature darker tones, while the upper levels are adorned with bright shades.

Photos by Jannes Linders.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.