Needles to say, the interior of this apartment overlooking the IJ River in Amsterdam’s city centre was to be clearly orientated towards the water. By situating the sitting area and kitchen on the eastern side, the open expanse of water appears to form an integral part of the interior.
But interior architects Remy Meijers was keen to emphasise that there is more to this apartment than its fourth floor living area. One particular eye-catcher is the stone-clad wall, helping to underline the fact that the living area and the upper floor form a single, stylistic entity. The walls irregular surface structure adds interest in otherwise minimalist interior.
The bedroom is placed on the upper floor, directly of the hall, thus making best use of the modest space available. As a result, the spacious lower floor of the apartment that was finished in 2010, could be designed to as open as possible, with doors only being placed where it was strictly necessary. Instead of a traditional sitting area, the large dining table and coordinated seating represent a striking alternative.
Since this project’s client was born in Hong Kong, it seemed only logical to add a few low-key oriental touches into the interior. This can be seen in the kitchen for example, where a lace pattern has been included on the mint-green wall. Meanwhile the decorative wallpaper in the study has a certain asian feel, as does the fabric used in the bedroom.
Design Firm: Remy Meijers
Project Name: Apartment on the waterfront
Photography: René Gonkel
Client: Private client