Serge Schoemaker Architects is an Amsterdam-based multidisciplinary design studio founded 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.
Nevertheless, 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 spatial potential of 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.
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September 17, 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 by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) during a festive ceremony at Het HEM in Amsterdam.
September 12, 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. To receive your copy, please go to the bookstore or contact us.
September 3, 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.
July 9, 2021
Fort Hoofddorp is nominated for the NRP Gulden Feniks 2021, the award for the most excellent examples of renovation and transformation projects in the Netherlands. For an overview of the eight nominated projects as well as the fifty four submitted works, please have a look at the website of NRP. The winners will be announced November 16th, 2021.
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.
April 3, 2021
The Coopery Museum in Amsterdam is a recent extension to the Mill of Sloten, a polder mill located on the Ringvaart waterway that encloses the Haarlemmermeer Polder. Economic conditions forced the museum to close its doors in 2020. It turned out to be the perfect building to house two private democratic schools from the region, both of which were looking for new accommodation.
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.
January 3, 2021
With great pleasure we are looking forward to the publication of our first book in 2021. Published by The Architecture Observer/ Hans Ibelings, ‘Strategic Interventions’ will reflect on the transformation of Fort Hoofddorp from different perspectives. The book is made possible thanks to the financial support of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. Available in English and Dutch from mid-2021 onwards.
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.
October 6, 2020
We’re looking for a talented intern and junior architect to join our Amsterdam based practice! Interested applicants please submit your CV & portfolio to us by e-mail before October 20th, 2020. Please note that graduates cannot be considered as interns – you need to be a current student. Internships run for at least four months. Good Dutch and English speaking skills are a plus.
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.”
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.
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.
August 30, 2020
Currently, Serge Schoemaker Architects is working on the master plan for the redevelopment of Fort Kudelstaart (1906), a Unesco World Heritage site in the municipality of Aalsmeer. The beautifully located fort island will be transformed into a nautic centre. Its direct connection to the West End Lakes makes it an ideal base for watersport activities. The master plan will incorporate sailing, restaurant, hotel as well as meeting facilities.
June 20, 2020
Dutch architecture centre for architecture Podium voor Architectuur made a podcast on Fort Hoofddorp in which Serge Schoemaker takes you on an audiotour through the building. Architectural details are discussed, but also the redevelopment proces. How was the project initiated and what obstacles did he had to overcome during the past ten years?
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.
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’.
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?
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.
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.
October 15, 2019
We are looking for a talented, Dutch or English speaking intern and junior architect to join our Amsterdam based practice! Interested applicants please submit your CV & portfolio to us by e-mail before November 1st, 2020. Please note that graduates cannot be considered as interns – you need to be a current student. Internships run for at least 4 months.
July 21, 2019
The redevelopment of Fort Hoofddorp, which started in October, is in full swing at the moment. The world heritage monument, part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, undergoes a true metamorphosis. Serge Schoemaker gave Dutch newspaper Haarlems Dagblad a tour over the construction site and explained the challenges faced in developing the fort island.
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.
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.
November 8, 2018
The renovation works has begon at Fort Hoofddorp. The construction start was celebrated on November 8, with motivational speeches by the deputy of the Province of Noord-Holland and one of the, alderman of the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. The transformation of the monument will be completed by 2020.
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.
October 17, 2018
Our recently completed project Hoofddorp House is nominated for the Dutch ‘Interior of the Year 2018’ 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.