The design approach of Serge Schoemaker Architects is informed by a fascination for aesthetics, construction and craftsmanship. Through the process of building physical models, we explore the architectural potential of space, structures and materials. Our work reflects an honest expression of construction; materialization and detailing are inseparable from the architectural concept and sensorial experience. By utilizing space, proportion, light, and material we aim to give our architecture a basic intrinsic quality.
Through a process-based way of working that is both hands-on and research-driven, we strive for exceptional, custom-made solutions. We seek spatial and structural outcomes that reference their surroundings through form or craftsmanship. Thereby, the architecture can become a natural, sustainable fit for its surroundings and tell the story of a place in a new light. This contextual approach proves to be suitable for both sensitive environments and monumental sites.
The practice works on projects ranging from small interiors and installations to buildings in the public domain and private sector. Projects span conservation work to conversions and new interventions. We advise clients from initial concept – via feasibility studies and design sketches – to final completion. Special attention is given to the realization phase: through in-house project management during the construction process, we can ensure that the design will be executed with the quality that we envisioned.
March 16, 2018
Five years after the first sketch, following a building permit process of more than a year, our redevelopment plan for the Hoofddorp Fort Island has finally been approved! This week the permit became irreversible.
Our design transforms the 8’100 square metre world heritage site into a public park, encompassing among others a restaurant, a small open air theater and a wild garden. It includes the renovation of the building and island as well as the addition of several architectural objects, linking landscape, building and interior together. Construction will start this summer.
January 13, 2018
In renovating this 1930s house in Amsterdam, Serge Schoemaker Architects created a high-quality interior full of contrast. With a number of strategic alterations, the office redesigned the ground floor both spatially and functionally. The renovation exploits the spatial qualities of the house to the full.
The intermediate floor in the original extension was removed, creating a striking, high-ceilinged kitchen cum living room with rooflights overhead. The generous level of daylight and the new, light concrete floor make the extension the brightest space in the whole house.
November 17, 2017
After its premiere at the 2014-2015 Amsterdam Light Festival and presentation in Sweden and China, Alley of Light is on show in Riga, Latvia. During ‘Staro Riga 2017’ our dynamic light installation can be visited in one of the cities oldest parks, Vermane Garden Park, November 17-20.
Alley of Light by Serge Schoemaker Architects & DigiLuce is a twelve-metre-long passage that is surrounded by a four-metre-high three-dimensional matrix of 2000 handmade lights. The light installation consists of 320 vertical strings with six lights each, hanging in a black steel cage construction.
August 14, 2017
In renovating this freestanding house in Hoofddorp, Serge Schoemaker Architects gave it a radical metamorphosis, creating a spacious interior full of character, with charming sight lines and plenty of daylight. The new floor plan has been reduced to two storage walls that reach from floor to ceiling.
The concrete structure of the house made it possible to create an almost fully open floor plan. Enlarging the living space by including the former garage and loft above made the ground floor not only more spacious but also taller. A new rooflight at a height of over four metres draws exceptional levels of daylight inside.
July 3, 2017
Located along the Reeuwijk Lakes, this former clergy house is surrounded by a stunning Dutch peat landscape. Serge Schoemaker Architects will renovate and extend the freestanding nineteenth century house and restore the beautiful island on which the municipal monument is built.
The Reeuwijk Lakes are located in the middle of the Dutch Green Heart and are the result of large-scale peat extraction which was on the rise in 1600. As a result of the excavations, the banks crumbled easily, resulting in ever larger ponds.
June 9, 2017
With a combination of clean, modern lines and richly contrasting classical materials, Serge Schoemaker Architects has transformed the ground floor of this townhouse into an elegant living space. Authentic details blend with high-quality interior design to create spaces full of character.
The townhouses around Wilhelminapark in Utrecht were built in the early 20th century to offer well-to-do citizenry an alternative to the bustle of the city centre. Our clients’ spacious neoclassical house dates from 1900 and is set in a terrace of houses at the western side of the park.
April 1, 2017
Serge Schoemaker Architects has moved to a new office, marking a page-turn for the architectural practice. The new location is along the Buiksloterkanaal in Amsterdam North, just a few hundred meters from the EYE Film Museum and the A’DAM Tower.
Amsterdam North has undergone significant changes during the past decade. It transformed from abandoned shipyard to Amsterdam’s most creative district. Come and visit us at our new address: Wilgenweg 20c.
January 27, 2017
On January 16, during a well visited information evening, Serge Schoemaker presented the final design for the Hoofddorp Fort Island to local press and neighbours. Our design transforms the world heritage site into a public park.
The fort island is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, which extends 135 kilometres around the city of Amsterdam. Built between 1880 and 1920, the Defence Line consists of a unique system of inundation areas and forts. It was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.
December 24, 2016
Alley of Light by Serge Schoemaker Architects and DigiLuce opened at the International Sea World Festival in Shenzhen. The festival in Southern China will run from December 24, 2016 to February 12, 2017 and consists of several works of art from different artists around the world.
Our dynamic 3D light grid, consisting of 2000 handmade lights, is on show in the Shenzhen Sea World district.