Wonderful loft in ‘Amsterdamse School’ building


On the Dutch real-estate-buffs’ online bible Funda I found this wonderful loft type apartment in a typical Amsterdam School style building.  This architectural movement (Dutch: Amsterdamse School) arose in Amsterdam around 1910. The movement is part of international Expressionist architecture.  Many houses in the Amsterdam burroughs just outside the historic center were built in that style. This building is located in the Bohemian area called De Pijp and has views of a canal. It used to be the office of a Housing Estate association. Currently it houses apartments. The one on offer is located on the fourth and fifth floor and was completely remodelled in 2007.

amsterdamse school loft

Building, living room, kitchen detail

 The current owners created a light and very well proportioned three bedroom apartment with a sunny roof terrace. They did so in keep with the original character of the building. The first thing you notice when you enter (after a four flights of stairs climb!) is a cast iron spiral staircase. luckily, this leads only to the master bedroom. The other rooms are all on the fourth floor. 

Amsterdamse school loft

Dining area, spiral staircase to master bed, kitchen

There is a large and very light living room which stretches from the front to the rear part of the house. It features many skylights and windows allowing a lot of light to stream in. The open kitchen in the back of the room gives access to the spacious and sunny terrace. A further two bedrooms and full bathroom further complement this floor.  

amsterdam canal house

Small bedroom, terrace, living room

The apartment is for sale for €410.000,- which seems fair for what you get. 

The Homevoyeurs webshop sells many books about Dutch architecture. For instance Contemporary Dutch School Architecture, By Dolf Broekhuizen, Ton Verstegen, Paul Groenendijk, Like Bijlsma.

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