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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Completed: Hoofddorp Garden House

November 12, 2018

With the rise in both land prices and numbers of people working from home, high-quality insulated garden studios have become a big trend. In Hoofddorp, Serge Schoemaker Architects used limited architectural means to design a sleek multifunctional garden studio. The result is a small and versatile structure.

Hoofddorp Garden House

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Construction works start at Hoofddorp Fort Island

November 8, 2018

The renovation works has begon on the Hoofddorp Fort Island. The construction start was celebrated on November 8, with motivational speeches by Derk Reneman, alderman of the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, and Joke Geldhof, deputy of the Province of Noord-Holland. The transformation of the UNESCO monument will be completed by the end of 2019.

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Hoofddorp House nominated for 2018 Interior of the Year award

October 17, 2018

Hoofddorp House is nominated for the Dutch 2018 Interior of the Year award. 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.

Hoofddorp House

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‘Transmission’ shortlisted for coming Amsterdam Light Festival

September 20, 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.

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Retie Landscape Objects in Province of Antwerp completed

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.

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Serge Schoemaker Architects wins competition in Belgium

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.

Retie Landscape Objects

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Mayor of the Haarlemmermeer visits Hoofddorp Fort Island

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.

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Hoofddorp Fort Island building permit approved

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.

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Renovation of a private residence in Amsterdam South

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.

Amsterdam Private Residence

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Alley of Light on show at annual light festival in Riga, Latvia

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.

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Practice assigned to renovate monument along Reeuwijk Lakes

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.

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Transformation of freestanding house in Hoofddorp completed

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.

Hoofddorp House

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Utrecht townhouse renovation completed

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.

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Serge Schoemaker Architects moves to Amsterdam North

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.

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Final redevelopment design Hoofddorp Fort Island unveiled

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.

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Alley of Light on show at light festival in Shenzhen, China

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.

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Transformation of Haarlem Primary School completed

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.

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‘Serge Schoemaker Architects, selected works 2010-2015’

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.

Interested? Please send us an email in order to receive one by post.

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