Apartment in De Hooch, Amsterdam
This 250 sqm pied-à-terre in the heart of the capital demonstrates the powerful nature of an urban refuge. The light-filled apartment houses in a contemporary residential building located a stone’s throw from the world-famous Rijksmuseum. The facade’s eye-catching, curvaceous architectural features inspired the interior architecture’s round-shaped articulations and organic forms, which are intentionally contrasted with rhythmic compositions and mirrored design gestures such as the double-facing wine cooler inside the custom-designed wall cabinet or the repetitive pattern of the travertine kitchen cabinet.
Carefully chosen natural materials and subdued colours perform as actors in a play for which the story is still to be written. ‘When you enter the apartment, you immediately leave the city frenzy behind. Although a lot is happening, nothing screams for attention,’ says Robert Kolenik. ‘Choosing high-end materials such as natural stone and solid oak creates a home that articulates tactile emotions.’ Amid this feeling of serenity, spectacular design choices, such as the architectural lighting fixture by Via Bizunno in the dining area, luxury wall textile by DWC or the marvellous marble by Salvatori (here used in the wet areas), pop out even more. Bronze-tinted mirrored floor-to-ceiling doors separate the living and dining areas, yet not entirely, allowing for a sense of connection and continuity. The fireplace hides a workstation and includes an integrated television and made-to-measure cabinet with subtle LED lighting. One of the apartment’s spatial challenges became an intimate feature on its own: one side of the living room boasts a 1.50 metres-tall, 1.20 metres-deep recess in the wall, which could, thanks to technological innovation, be transformed into a poetic spatial element with abundant green.
Nature in the city, with a distinctive Manhattan vibe.