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. 

Haarlem elementary school design selected for realisation

Haarlem elementary school design selected for realisation

July 1, 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.

ABC Haarlem shows results of research by design project

ABC Haarlem shows results of research by design project

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.

Guerra and Schoemaker assigned to redevelop Locarno boarding school

Guerra and Schoemaker assigned to redevelop Locarno boarding school

March 15, 2015

Serge Schoemaker Architects will collaborate with Studio di Architettura Cristiana Guerra (CH) 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.

Redevelopment of Amsterdam Cruquius Island monument

Redevelopment of Amsterdam Cruquius Island monument

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. 

Making of Alley of Light documentary video released

Making of Alley of Light documentary video released

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.

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Alley of Light: open daily 5-10 pm, until January 4, 2015

Alley of Light: open daily 5-10 pm, until January 4, 2015

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.

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Dezeen magazine features Bussum Garden Studio

Dezeen magazine features Bussum Garden Studio

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”.

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Practice completes sculptural garden studio in Bussum

Practice completes sculptural garden studio in Bussum

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.

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Amsterdam Symphony Office at Zuidas completed

Amsterdam Symphony Office at Zuidas completed

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.

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Alley of Light selected for Amsterdam Light Festival

Alley of Light selected for Amsterdam Light Festival

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.

Serge Schoemaker Architects wins competition in Woerden

Serge Schoemaker Architects wins competition in Woerden

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.

Conversion of Naarden House completed

Conversion of Naarden House completed

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.

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Dutch magazine De Architect features Ede Private Practice

Dutch magazine De Architect features Ede Private Practice

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.

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Province of Noord-Holland funds Fort near Hoofddorp project

Province of Noord-Holland funds Fort near Hoofddorp project

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.

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Highlights magazine features Dutch Gambrel

Highlights magazine features Dutch Gambrel

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.

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