Serge Schoemaker Architects celebrates fifteenth anniversary

January 5, 2023

In January 2008, our architecture practice was founded with the conviction that the optimal outcome is achieve through the involvement of architects in the entire process, from initial idea to delivery, and close collaboration with all parties involved, from clients to builders. Since then, Serge Schoemaker Architects has been creating architecture that is supported by a strong personal approach, leading to buildings full of character: tangible, atmospheric, elegant. Thanks to everyone who supported us for the past fifteen years!

Start renovation of state monument at Emmalaan in Utrecht

December 28, 2022

This month, we start with the challenging renovation and conversion of a designated state monument in Utrecht, designed by Dutch architect Houtzagers. Built in 1898, the 400m2 large town house full of authentic details is part of his representative housing block at Emmalaan. Serge Schoemaker Architects will modernize the five-floor building and make it more sustainable. Construction starts in spring, to be completed 2024.

Preliminary transformation design Fort Kudelstaart revealed

August 16, 2022

Commissioned by Zeilfort Kudelstaart, Serge Schoemaker Architects has developed the Preliminary Design for the envisioned transformation of Fort Kudelstaart (1906). The fort island will be transformed into a high-quality nautical centre including a hotel, spa, restaurant, meeting spaces and cafe. To safeguard the cultural-historical values, the extension to the fort is completely integrated into the embankments and covered in earth.

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Architizer features Amsterdam Canal House with interview article

July 27, 2022

The online architecture platform Architizer featured our Amsterdam Canal House renovation with an interview article, this week. At the request of the owners, the designated state monument has been modernized and made more sustainable. In the interview, Serge Schoemaker talks about the initial concept of the renovation project, the challenges of working with a monument as well as our way of working. Perfect read for the summer break!

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Work in progress: freestanding villa in canton St.Gallen, Switzerland

May 5, 2022

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.

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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: “Thanks to these people and to the many people involved who have a passion fo heritage, the monuments of our Kingdom can be preserved.”

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.

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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 really honoured by this recognition. The annual prize was awarded today in The Hague by Government National Architect Francesco Veenstra: “Fascinating slow architecture at its best. The jury members showed great appreciation for this private initiative which revived this ‘hidden treasure’.”

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Strategic Interventions - Serge Schoemaker Architects

‘Strategic Interventions’ by publisher The Architecture Observer released

October 30, 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.

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Completed: redevelopment of Amsterdam Canal House

July 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.

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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

February 28, 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.

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Serge Schoemaker transforms Amsterdam Coopery Museum

February 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.

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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.

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