The design approach of Serge Schoemaker Architects is informed by a fascination for 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 to large-scale 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.
June 15, 2015
Serge Schoemaker Architects will collaborate with Studio di Arcchitettura Cristiana Guerra (Bellinzona) on the transformation of the Villa Erica boarding school in Locarno, Switzerland. The Brutalist school building of the seventies will be transformed into an apartment building according to our feasibility study of 2012. To be completed 2016.
June 9, 2015
Our design proposal for the phased transformation of the Piramide Boerhaave elementary school in Haarlem has been selected for realisation. The project foresees a conversion and extension of the school building of 1964. The assignment is the result of the research by design project on the Piramide Boerhaave elementary school earlier this year, initiated by Foundation Mevrouw Meijer.
March 27, 2015
The practice has been invited by Foundation Mevrouw Meijer and the municipality of Haarlem to participate in a research by design project on the transformation of the Piramide Boerhaave elementary school in Haarlem. The results of this design study are currently exhibited in the Haarlem Architecture Centre ABC and can be seen until June 21, 2015.
March 1, 2015
Serge Schoemaker Architects has been assigned to redevelop the former quarantine stable of the Amsterdam cattle market on Cruquius Island in the Eastern Docklands. The municipal monument, built in 1887, will be transformed into a contemporary loft.
December 19, 2014
5gradenoost made a documentary video about the making of the Alley of Light, our contribution to the Amsterdam Light Festival 2014-2015. They followed us during the production, construction and completion of the project.
December 11, 2014
During the 2014-2015 Amsterdam Light Festival you can experience Amsterdam’s most sparkling street this winter: the Alley of Light. Serge Schoemaker Architects & Digiluce created this passage that is surrounded by a three-dimensional matrix of 2000 lights on the Jonas Daniël Meijerplein.
October 19, 2014
The influential architecture and design magazine Dezeen features our Bussum Garden Studio in a nice online story: “Garden studio by Serge Schoemaker has a dark, rough interior and a light-filled interior”.
September 4, 2014
The practice completed a garden studio in Bussum. The aim of this project was to design a contemporary, well-crafted studio that functions as a study, guest accommodation and storage. The sculptural form is entirely clad in black-varnished red cedar shingles.
July 1, 2014
Serge Schoemaker Architects completed the new subsidiary office for an international reinsurer in the Netherlands. The office is located on the fifth floor of the prestigious Symphony complex at Zuidas in Amsterdam. The end result is a custom made, high quality working environment.
June 1, 2014
Alley of Light has been selected by the jury for Illuminade, the walking route of the upcoming Amsterdam Light Festival. Alley of Light is a collaborative project between Serge Schoemaker Architects and DigiLuce. It will be staged on the Jonas Daniël Meijerplein in the city centre of Amsterdam from December 11, 2014 to January 5, 2015.
May 20, 2014
The practice has been selected as winner of the invited competition for the transformation of the former house of Dutch painter Leo Gestel in Woerden. Located on a shopping street in the historical centre, the house encompasses both residential and commercial spaces. To be completed 2015.
September 30, 2013
Naarden House involved the renovation of a semi-detached house from the 1930s in Naarden. The challenge was to improve the internal spatial quality of this traditional house without physically altering its protected external appearance.
September 25, 2013
Dutch architecture magazine De Architect features our spacious interior for the new medical practice of general practitioner Orbay Cihanbeyli in Ede in a four page article.
July 12, 2013
The interior comprises the new subsidiary office for an international reinsurer in the Netherlands. The office will be located on the fifth floor of the prestigious Symphony complex at Zuidas in Amsterdam. The office interior design was conceived as three volumes that are strategically placed to structure different zones. To be completed 2014.
June 18, 2013
Fort near Hoofddorp is getting 900.000 euro in provincial funding to help in its restoration and redevelopment. The Province of Noord-Holland’s dedication of 900.000 euro was decided upon with the feasibility study and preliminary design of Serge Schoemaker Architects as a base.
December 15, 2012
Dutch magazine Highlights features our Dutch Gambrel roof extension in Bussum in a four page article. Dating from the early twentieth century, this two-storey semi-detached house is located in a picturesque street in Bussum. Our design extended and improved the roof construction, thereby utilizing the former disused attic space to create a new third floor.