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Amsterdam Sugar Refinery Gets a Sweet Modern Makeover

The Bloemgracht Loft was designed by Amsterdam-based Standard Studio as a place to relax and unwind. The once-industrial space, a former sugar refinery, was transformed into a sleek and modern home on a charming Amsterdam canal to suit a young stockbroker’s living preferences.

The architects, Wouter Slot and Jurjen van Hulzen, imagined a home fit for city life. They turned the tiny plasterboard-covered rooms in the building, which dates to 1752, into a contemporary 1,614-square-foot loft with an open floor plan.

Bloemgracht Loft by Amsterdam Architects of Standard Studio (1)

Overlooking the Bloemgracht (meaning “flower canal”), the front of the house includes the living room. On a split level, the bar and dining area were designed to connect to the rest of the loft. A spacious kitchen area with marble countertops and high-end appliances allows for effortless entertaining.

The architects preserved several original elements, including the wooden beams. Contrasting features create a warm eclecticism: Concrete, oiled oak and unfinished, hot-rolled steel were combined with custom furnishings to shape a welcoming interior design.

Bloemgracht Loft by Amsterdam Architects of Standard Studio (2)

The kitchen’s back wall hides a walk-in closet and a bathroom with two rainfall showers. Another multi-functional unit shelters the sauna, spa, shower and toilet.

According to the architects, “The remaining space is the bedroom, office and bathing area with freestanding bath. A multi-functional ‘big black book’ holds the library, the bed and art.” This bespoke piece can be closed off thanks to its hidden sliding doors. [Photographs courtesy of Standard Studio]

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