A Loft Flooded With Light

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One of Amsterdam‘s architecture treasures can be found at Hoogte Kadijk 71. This is the place where De Gekroonde Valk, or The Crowned Falcon brewery opened back in 1733, but now the building serves a very different purpose. Bought in 2012 by landscaper Steven Delva and interior architect Stefan Bennebroek, the whole building has been renovated and transformed into a space where the concepts of work, live, stay are brought together under one roof. On the ground level there are the offices of DELVA Landscape Architects and Puur Plus Ontwerpers, founded by Delva and Bennebroek respectively. On the first floor, a boutique Bed & Breakfast, which is also run by the two men. But the piece of resistance is their new home, the loft perched on top of the Stout & Co. hotel. Looking up from the street, you are welcomed by a surreal sight: a black box with breathtaking windows, housing what seems to be a lush green tree, growing indoors. An open floor plan combines with large windows to create a space flooded with natural light. The decor is minimalist and contemporary, featuring simple and stylish furniture pieces, but leaving the space mostly empty to enhance the airy atmosphere. Potted plants are scattered throughout the home; the tree is planted beneath the floor, rising dramatically to soak up the light. A suspended staircase leads up to the mezzanine level, while a smaller lounge area seems to hover over the living room. The terrace features wooden planks and provides a beautiful view of the sky and the city’s skyline. Much attention has been given to the amount of natural light reaching the interior; the result is a spectacular, unique and beautifully illuminated living space. Photography by Jeroen Musch.

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