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.
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September 16, 2018
The last of our Retie Landscape Objects has been placed. The elements are designed to enhance the quality of the walking area around the ‘Grote Gracht’, to the east of the municipality of Retie. We interpreted the rich local agricultural history with a poetic, minimalist design. The series consists of three land art objects and six information pillars. More photos coming soon.
September 15, 2018
For the second time Serge Schoemaker Architects will be participating at the Amsterdam Light Festival. For this coming seventh edition we designed a new architectural light installation, titled ‘Transmission’, which was shortlisted out of 600 competition entries. Together with 29 artists out of 16 countries we will light up the Dutch capital from November 30 onwards.
August 24, 2018
For this client in Hoofddorp we designed a sculptural, multifunctional garden studio. The tiny house will be completely prefabricated and clad with corten steel panels. Contrasting with the rough exterior, the interior will appear seamless and light. Extending continuously from the floor, walls and joinery to the ceiling, its entire surface will be fashioned from transparent white-lacquered birch plywood.
June 14, 2018
Serge Schoemaker Architects has won the competition for a series of landscape objects in the province of Antwerp. The objects are designed to enhance the quality of the walking area around the ‘Grote Gracht’, to the east of the municipality of Retie. We interpreted the rich local agricultural history with a poetic, minimalist design.
May 30, 2018
Today Onno Hoes, mayor of the Haarlemmermeer, visited the construction site of the UNESCO Hoofddorp Fort Island. Here we had a first view on the excavated fort building. Renovation works will start this summer. The works include a restoration of both the fort island and building, saving the world heritage monument from further decline.
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.
January 13, 2018
In renovating this 1930s house in Amsterdam, we created a high-quality interior full of contrast. With a number of strategic alterations, the ground floor was redesigned 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.
November 17, 2017
After its premiere at the 2014-2015 Amsterdam Light Festival and presentation in Sweden and China, Alley of Light by Serge Schoemaker Architects & DigiLuce is now on show in Riga, Latvia. Alley of Light is a dynamic, 3D light grid, consisting of 2000 handmade lights. During ‘Staro Riga 2017’, November 17-20, the installation can be visited in one of the cities oldest parks, Vermane Garden Park.
August 28, 2017
Located along the Reeuwijk Lakes, this former clergy house is surrounded by a stunning Dutch peat landscape. We will renovate and extend the freestanding nineteenth century house and restore the 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.
August 4, 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. 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.
June 9, 2017
This spacious neoclassical house dates from 1900 and is set in a terrace of houses at the western side of the Wilhelminapark in Utrecht. 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.
April 1, 2017
Serge Schoemaker Architects has moved to a new office, marking a page-turn for the architectural practice. The new location is 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 redevelopment design for the Hoofddorp Fort Island. The design transforms the world heritage site into a public park. The island is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, which extends 135 kilometres around the city. Built between 1880 and 1920, the Defence Line consists of a unique system of inundation areas and forts.
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.
October 14, 2016
Piramide Boerhaave primary school in Haarlem has undergone a metamorphosis. Serge Schoemaker Architects made a number of strategic architectural interventions, introducing light, air and space into the 1960s school building and giving it a totally fresh look. The project demonstrates that the renovation of post-war school buildings is a valid alternative to demolition and new construction.
April 10, 2016
Our new portfolio book features seven custom-made, small-scale projects completed between 2010 and 2015. The selected projects represent our exploration of the architectural potential of spaces, structures and materials during the last five years.
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