Serge Schoemaker Architects is an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio founded in Amsterdam in 2008. We work on carefully designed, bespoke buildings, interiors, landscape objects and art installations.

The design approach of Serge Schoemaker Architects is informed by a fascination for the ‘aesthetics of architecture’: well-designed and crafted buildings, spaces and details. We design buildings that last. That is why we put an emphasis on high quality materials, craft, and taking the time to make sure the design is sustainable in its widest sense.

We believe good design is not just about the aesthetic improvement of our environment: it is as much about improved quality of life. We believe well-designed buildings and spaces create economic and social value. Good architecture has a positive influence on our daily life, productivity, physical well-being as well as our cultural and environmental awareness.

We strive for exceptional, custom-made solutions. Over the years, we have developed an efficient, process-based way of working that is both hands-on and research-driven. Through a process of building both digital and physical models, we explore the potential of existing sites and architectural design questions.

Materialisation and detailing are inseparable from the design concept and sensorial experience in our work. By utilising elements, such as colour, texture and light, we aim to give our architecture a high intrinsic quality.

We work on projects in the public domain, the cultural and private sector. We advise clients from initial concept – via feasibility studies and design sketches – to final completion. Special attention is given to the realisation 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.

Serge Schoemaker Architects is a Royal BNA (Royal Institute of Dutch Architects) chartered practice.

Interested to know how we can help you? Get in touch with us. We look forward hearing from you.

Serge Schoemaker awarded the Pieter van Vollenhoven Prize

April 24, 2022

On the 22nd of April architect Serge Schoemaker and theater producer Femme Hammer, the initiators and driving force behind the renovation and reuse of Fort Hoofddorp, were awarded the Pieter van Vollenhoven Prize. The ceremony took place in Fort Hoofddorp and was personally presented by the former chairman of the National Restoration Fund, Pieter van Vollenhoven.

Pieter van Vollenhoven Prize (video)

Design for single family house in Lijnden approved by authorities

March 9, 2022

In the Dutch town of Lijnden, on the outskirts of Amsterdam, we are realising a free standing single family house. Consisting of two interconnected volumes with pitched roofs, the proposed brick house presents a distinct, contemporary character while also searching for continuity with the surrounding residences. While the external form adapts to the scale and architectural language of the context, the overlapping volumes create a surprisingly spacious interior.

2021 NRP Golden Phoenix Award for Fort Hoofddorp

February 10, 2022

Fort Hoofddorp is the winner of the 2021 NRP Golden Phoenix Award in the category Transformation! We are honoured by this recognition and are proud to share this Dutch award with the many people that contributed to the project. The annual prize was awarded today in The Hague by Government National Architect Francesco Veenstra. “Fascinating slow architecture at its best.”

2021 NRP Golden Phoenix jury rapport

 

Work in progress: Private House in St.Gallen, Switzerland

December 18, 2021

Balancing on the edge of a steep valley in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, this house is composed of a light geometric concrete structure resting on the solid volumes of the grond floor that emerge from the hillside. The building provides space for a couple whose children have left the house, along with guest accommodation for their large extended family to gather.

Thur House

Strategic Interventions - Serge Schoemaker Architects

Release: Strategic Interventions by The Architecture Observer

September 20, 2021

Our first book publication, featuring essays from Kirsten Hannema, Hans Ibelings and Jolanthe Kugler, is out! Published by The Architecture Observer and designed by HallerBrun, the book ‘Strategic Interventions’ documents our careful transformation of the nineteenth-century Fort Hoofddorp. The interventions are captured in the photos of MWA Hart Nibbrig. Available for purchase in both Dutch and English.

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BNA Honourable Mention for transformation of Fort Hoofddorp

September 16, 2021

Serge Schoemaker’s transformation of Fort Hoofddorp received an Honourable Mention in the ‘BNA Best Building of the Year’ competition. This annual prize celebrates the best architecture in the Netherlands. The 2021 winners were announced today by the jury of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) during a festive ceremony at Het HEM in Amsterdam.

BNA Best Building of the Year 2021

Amsterdam Canal House - Serge Schoemaker Architects

Completed: redevelopment of Amsterdam Canal House

August 20, 2021

Situated in the heart of the city, this seventeenth-century corner house offers views of two Amsterdam canals. At the request of the owners, the designated state monument has been modernized and made more sustainable. Serge Schoemaker Architects transformed the five-floor home into a new visual composition that enhances the historical qualities of this remarkable building to the full.

Amsterdam Canal House

Dutch Architecture Yearbook 2020-2021 features Fort Hoofddorp

May 26, 2021

For over 30 years ‘Architecture in the Netherlands’ has provided an indispensable overview of Dutch architecture for everyone with a professional or more general interest in the subject. The Yearbook is the international showcase for Dutch architecture. Published by nai010 publishers, the 2020-2021 edition features one of our recent projects: the transformation of Fort Hoofddorp.

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Completed: refurbishment of Amsterdam Maisonnette

January 30, 2021

Since the 1990s the former warehouses along the Entrepothaven in Amsterdam have been repurposed for living space. We converted an existing maisonette inside ‘Dinsdag’, a nineteenth-century warehouse, into a comfortable and stylish urban apartment. The result is an oasis of calm in a vibrant residential neighbourhood. A consistently applied palette of colours and materials unites the two floors into a single architectonic composition.

Amsterdam Maisonnette

Green light for development of Fort Kudelstaart

December 6, 2020

Aalsmeer town council last week approved a change of its local zoning plan, paving the way for the transformation of Fort Kudelstaart into a vibrant and pioneering venue for water sports. Serge Schoemaker Architects, the design office working on the scheme, is responsible for the definitive master plan. The World Heritage Site is situated along the West End Lakes, which makes it a perfect base for water sport activities.

Kudelstaart Fort Island

Fort Hoofddorp nominated for 2020 Interior of the Year award

September 30, 2020

Fort Hoofddorp has been nominated for the Dutch ‘Interior of the Year 2020’ award by the jury of Architectenweb. The award nomination is a beautiful recognition for all who worked on this transformation project. Jury statement: “The process from the first design up to completion took a decade and did not always go smoothly; the jury has great respect for the tenacity of the architect.”

Interior of the Year 2020 nominations

Fort Hoofddorp nominated for ARC20 Architecture Award

September 15, 2020

Fort Hoofddorp has been nominated for the ARC20 Architecture Award. The fort has been partly restored and partly left untouched. We designed sleek new additions and integrated them carefully, consciously preserving the historical details and distinctive atmosphere. Our approach sets up a lively dialogue between past and present, with both entities enhancing each other.

ARC20 Architecture Award nominations

Exhibition on Hoofddorp Fort Island by Serge Schoemaker Architects

Exhibition ‘Contemporary Heritage’ opens at Galerie De Meerse

September 3, 2020

Exhibition ‘Contemporary Heritage’ at Galerie De Meerse in Hoofddorp deals with heritage as chance for the future. The exhibition showcases among other things, photos, models and drawings of Fort Hoofddorp. It is a visual documentation of ten years of work. Organised by Podium voor Architectuur, to be seen until the 30th of October.

Visitors information

Completed: redevelopment of Fort Hoofddorp (2010-2020)

May 31, 2020

The process of redeveloping and converting Fort Hoofddorp took a decade. Some 8,100 m2 in size, the world heritage site has been transformed into an urban park with space for a restaurant as well as cultural and educational activities. Serge Schoemaker Architects tackled the landscape, architecture and interior in an integral manner, fusing past and present into a new entity.

Hoofddorp Fort Island

Video: Hoofddorp Fort Island – Opening soon

May 1, 2020

Last one and a half years, video production company 5gradenoost has been following us during the renovation of the UNESCO fort island in Hoofddorp. The full documentary video on the transformation of Fort Hoofddorp will be launched later this year, but you can already enjoy this short trailer: ‘Hoofddorp Fort Island – Opening soon’.

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Interior view of Haarlem Primary School by Serge Schoemaker Architects

Interview with Serge Schoemaker by Podium voor Architectuur

April 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting businesses in a variety of ways. Dutch centre for architecture Podium voor Architectuur in Hoofddorp interviewed Serge Schoemaker on doing business during the current pandemic: What are the consequences of the crisis for SSA? How to benefit from this situation? And: what’s next?

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Fort Hoofddorp opens for public Summer 2020

January 25, 2020

The renovated fort island in Hoofddorp will open for public Summer 2020 – ten years after Serge Schoemaker made the first sketches for the redevelopment of the Dutch defence structure. 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.

Hoofddorp Fort Island

Alley of Light at LAC Lugano

Alley of Light on show at LAC Lugano in Switzerland

November 30, 2019

Alley of Light by Serge Schoemaker Architects & DigiLuce opened at the renown Lugano Arte e Culturale (LAC), today. The LAC art center is one of Switzerland’s most important cultural institutions, dedicated to the visual arts, music and the performing arts. LAC showcases Alley of Light on its front square, Piazza Bernardino Luini, from December 2, 2019 to January 6, 2020.

Alley of Light

Retie Landscape Objects in Belgium completed

April 30, 2019

This series of landscape objects in the province of Antwerp is designed to enhance the quality of the walking area around the ‘Grote Gracht’, to the east of the Belgian municipality of Retie. Serge Schoemaker Architects interpreted the rich local agricultural history with a poetic, minimalist design which is at the same time functional in character.

Retie Landscape Objects

‘Transmission’ on show at Amsterdam Light Festival

December 5, 2018

Our minimalist light installation Transmission is currently on display in Amsterdam as part of the 7th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. The floating installation consists of nineteen lines made of Plexiglas that respond architecturally to the festival theme ‘The medium is the message’. The light artwork can be visited at Westerdok until January 20, 2019.

Transmission

Completed: multifunctional garden studio in Hoofddorp

October 25, 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, in which exterior and interior are one.

Hoofddorp Garden Studio