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.

Serge Schoemaker Architects works 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. 

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


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 Hoofddorp Fort Island 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 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?

Read interview (Dutch only)

SSA reveals light installation design for Amsterdam harbour

April 9, 2020

Perfect Storm a light artwork design for the harbour of Amsterdam. The installation shows the artistic beauty of a ‘perfect storm’: its movement, its dynamic lines and its power. The art installation consists of six curved, illuminating lines, shaped as a double helix. At night the eighteen-metre-high structure can be entered, offering visitors a unique spatial light experience.

Perfect Storm

Hoofddorp Fort Island opens for public Summer 2020

January 25, 2020

The renovated fort island in Hoofddorp will open for public Summer 2020 – ten years after architect and co-initiator Serge Schoemaker made the first sketches for the redevelopment of the Dutch defence structure. Our design transformed the 8’100 square metre world heritage site into an appealing 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

We’re hiring! SSA is seeking an intern and junior architect

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 1. Please note that graduates cannot be considered as interns – you need to be a current student. Internships run for at least 4 months.

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Under construction: Hoofddorp Fort Island

July 21, 2019

The redevelopment of Hoofddorp Fort Island, 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.

Read article (Dutch)

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.

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.


Construction works start on 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 monument will be completed by 2020.

Hoofddorp Fort Island

Multifunctional garden studio in Hoofddorp completed

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.

Hoofddorp Garden Studio

Interior view of Hoofddorp House by Serge Schoemaker Architects

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