This loft apartment, spanning a generous 586 square meters, is nestled within a former church building, masterfully designed by Beckman and Kooi.
The essence of this residence lies in its exceptional character and the soaring height of the church, most vividly embodied in the heart of the home – the living area. This space seamlessly unfolds into distinct, inviting, and functional zones.
The room exudes both grandeur and intimacy, a result of the central fireplace, varying floor levels, and the integration of an outdoor space, an integral part of this living expanse.
Elevated on a platform, the dining table adds a playful touch, offering not only a splendid view of Raphael Square from the dining area but also a captivating line of sight towards the living room.
Designed in 2019 by the renowned Dutch designer Piet Boon, the kitchen epitomizes a harmonious blend of rugged and natural materials alongside premium appliances. Among the highlights are a professional-grade induction cooktop (Bora), an oversized oven, a Quooker faucet providing both hot and sparkling water, a wine climate cabinet, and a dishwasher.
The main bedroom is discreetly enclosed with glass, providing a separate sanctuary within the open space. It offers a vantage point overlooking both the living area and the indoor terrace. The bedroom features air conditioning, and its curtains can be automatically drawn.
The adjacent bathroom emanates a serene ambiance, achieved through the use of various natural materials, a muted color palette, and the beautiful stained glass. It boasts a generous bathtub, a double stainless steel sink unit, a dual walk-in shower, and a toilet.
The staircase within the bathroom leads to a spectacular dressing room. This dressing room feels like a private boutique, with clothing on display, divided into his and hers sections by a bridge.
Two other bedrooms are generously proportioned and adjoin the living and bathroom. The bedroom adjacent to the indoor terrace can easily be transformed into two spacious bedrooms, as depicted in the alternative floor plan. Additionally, there is a second bathroom with a shower, double sink, and a separate guest toilet.
The expansive outdoor space, approximately 37 square meters in size, seamlessly connects to the living area and serves as an extension of your living experience. The indoor terrace faces west, and its electric skylights can be opened to blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Extensive research has been conducted regarding the possibility of installing an elevator. This possibility exists and has already been surveyed. The permit application is in progress, and the current owners have obtained a quote. It's worth noting that the current owners have never felt the need for an elevator, as the staircase is easily navigable, and a goods lift is available for groceries and luggage. Moreover, stair climbing is a healthy pursuit!
What the residents are going to miss
"What we will miss is our un-Dutch, wonderfully spacious home in complete tranquility. As mentioned, it's like a New York loft on our own land. Nothing compares. One of a kind. On summer days, the 7.5-meter high glass facades open up, creating the perfect setting for private sunbathing on the daybed or lingering in the sun on the terrace after a meal. In winter, the warmth and coziness of the fireplace beckon. Comfortable seating elements are moved towards the wood-burning fireplace on the heated concrete floor, creating a space for relaxation, reading, or enjoying a nice glass of wine with friends."
The neighborhood has taken on a youthful and dynamic character thanks to the numerous shops, coffee bars, lunch spots, and restaurants on Beethovenstraat and Olympiaplein. The Beethovenstraat also offers a high-quality selection of bakeries, fishmongers, butchers, patisseries, and wine specialty shops. On Olympiaplein, you'll find Le Fournil bakery, Fromagerie L'Amuse cheese shop, and recently added Coffee District. Just five minutes away on Marathonweg, Zikking Butcher is located. On Fridays, the Minervaplein hosts an organic market with the purest and most honest products. The broad avenues and greenery of Beatrixpark, with its modern sculptures and ancient trees, create a sense of space and are ideal for sports and relaxation. The neighborhood is known for its excellent primary and secondary schools and its favorable location in relation to the Ring road and Amsterdam South station.
The highways A2/A4/A10 are easily accessible. Public transportation is within walking or cycling distance. Tram 24 or bus N84 has a stop at Minervaplein, just a few minutes away on foot. Amsterdam South station is a 5-minute bike ride away, providing quick access to Schiphol Airport.
Parking is available via a permit system, and according to information from the Municipality of Amsterdam, there is currently no waiting list in this area. Two permits can be requested in this district. Source: Municipality of Amsterdam – May 2023. Parking spaces in a garage are regularly available for purchase or rent, either in Gerrit van der Veenstraat or on Minervalaan.
• Living area of approximately 586 m²
• West-facing rooftop terrace of approximately 41 m²
• Freehold property
• Energy label C
• Foundation: Fugro conducted an investigation in January 2022 as part of the requirements for a building splitting permit. The foundation met the stipulated standards.
• Service costs TBA
• Renovation years 1997 and 2019
• Air conditioning in the main bedroom
• Electric roof panels for the terrace
• Listed cityscape protection.
The Amsterdam Loft
Overwhelming and spectacular …Living the high life. As real estate agents, we have the privilege of seeing countless homes from the inside. From small to large, from old to super modern. And yet, only once in a blue moon do you walk into a home that catches you off guard, where you need a moment to take in the special space.
In this case the surprise was fantastic; a dynamic space, where something happens in every corner and in every dimension, where special materials have been used and where the incidence of light is awe inspiring. We are still impressed every time we walk in.
A loft in a former church in itself is enough to stir most people’s imaginations. At the time of the purchase, we were already involved with this property as consultants and therefore we have known the owners for a long time. Even back then the 1930s building was already extraordinary. Together with his architect, George Witteveen, the current owner designed an elevated loft, making conceptual choices to fit space and functionality into the large volumes.
An office was created downstairs and, featuring its own entrance, this loft was created upstairs.
An extraordinary balance has been achieved between height (ridge height of 12.70 m), history, design, functionality and warmth. The rafters of the roof are exposed and the steel construction is an unmistakable part of the overall experience. This is reflected, among other things, in the walkway and bedroom that float in the space at a height of about 6 meters. The trusses are partially illuminated which provides an extra dimension.
In the meantime, the things that could be improved were also addressed and thus the overall concept is now completely balanced.
The current owners have lived here with their family for over 25 years. Movie nights have been organized with the beamer aimed at the high white wall and Christmas parties celebrated with the trees hanging upside down from the rafters. It is a space to entertain and yet it is also an intimate space that embraces and welcomes.
It is a privilege to call this place home, and it is a privilege for us to find the new owner.
This home is unique and truly one of a kind.
Judith de Jong en Kees Kemp | Real Estate Broersma Residential
The left front door of the church opens to a hallway with a storage room and a storage closet. The private stairwell, with slow-rise steps and platform landings, leads to the main floor. The stairwell has been restored with care and the stained glass allows beautiful light to enter this space. Right next to the front door is room to store items such as a bicycle, and there is also a freight elevator. A regular elevator can also be installed here. More information is available from our office. Installing an elevator would make this home even more comfortable than it already is.
The exceptional character and height of the church are best experienced at the heart of the home – the living room. This space is naturally divided into several appealing and functional areas.
The space is grand yet intimate. This is due to the central positioning of the fireplace, the level differences and the outdoor area that is also part of this space.
The dining table is on a podium, which leads to a playful effect as well as giving the dining area not only a beautiful view of Raphaelplein, but also stunning sightlines toward the living room.
Next to the platform area, a partition is used to create a spacious workspace under the roof; a pleasant place to open the laptop for a while or just leave things from work/hobby – out of sight.
The design features an appealing “double” seating area by both the fireplace and television. This arrangement can be changed very easily, which in fact the owners have done from time to time. The seating area is under the ‘box’ creating an intimate ambiance.
The exclusive kitchen (2019), a design by Dutch designer Piet Boon, is a beautiful mix of robust and natural materials and luxury appliances. The range of appliances includes a professional induction cooktop (Bora), extra-large oven, a Quooker for both hot and sparkling water, a wine cooler and dishwasher.
The spacious kitchen island, features a bar section. A lovely spot to catch up while cooking or a quick breakfast. The current owners have created an additional dining area right next to the kitchen.
Since the kitchen is also part of the whole, it makes for an ideal place to entertain. As such, the kitchen play a key role in the life of those who live here.
Bedroom/ bathroom/ dressing room
The private domain of the lord and lady of the house begins with the bathroom. In the bathroom, a serene atmosphere has been created through the use of various natural materials, a sober color scheme and the beautiful light that is filtered through the stained glass. There is a generous bathtub, double stainless steel vanity, a double walk-in shower and toilet.
The steps in the bathroom lead to an insanely beautiful dressing room. This dressing room feels like a private boutique. The clothes hang and lie in plain sight just like in a boutique, with a bridge that divides the space into his and hers sections. The materials and the (LED) lighting complete the experience; a dream of many a fashionista. Adjacent to the dressing room is the bedroom. This room is glass-enclosed from the rest of the home and from here there is a view of the living room and the indoor terrace. The bedroom is a kind of cinematic glass “box” in an otherwise open space.
The bedroom has air conditioning and the curtains can be closed automatically.
The other two bedrooms are spacious and adjacent to the living room and bathroom. The bedroom next to the indoor terrace can easily be turned into two good-sized bedrooms – please see the alternative floorplan. Of course there is also a second bathroom, fitted with a shower, double vanity and a separate (guest) toilet.
De riante buitenruimte van ca. 37 m² sluit direct aan op de living en is een waar verlengstuk van het woongenot. Het inpandige terras ligt op het westen. Via de elektrische dakramen kan een deel van het dak worden geopend, waardoor binnen ineens buiten wordt. Deze fraaie ruimte is zowel de zomer- als wintertuin. Omdat het terras binnen de daklijn is gecreëerd, zijn de spanten deels behouden gebleven en biedt het de nodige privacy en intimiteit. Het inpandige terras is met recht een indoor-outdoor space.
Het appartement heeft meerdere bergruimten. Hierin kan veel worden opgeslagen en in twee van de ruimten zijn de technische installaties ondergebracht. Het leuke is dat het voor kinderen ideale verstopplekken zijn.
Er is uitgebreid onderzoek gedaan naar de mogelijkheden om een lift te plaatsen. Deze mogelijkheid bestaat en is tevens al ingemeten. De vergunningsaanvraag loopt en de huidige eigenaren hebben alvast een offerte laten opmaken.
De huidige eigenaren zelf hebben nooit de behoefte gehad aan een lift en hebben deze ook niet gemist. De trap is makkelijk begaanbaar en daarbij is er een goederenlift voor boodschappen en koffers. Bovendien is traplopen heel gezond!
The residents of the Minerva district enjoy the distinct urban design architect Berlage left on the neighborhood in the previous century. The avenues, greenery and wide variety of buildings are as stunning as ever. From villas, apartment blocks to mansions: characteristic of this 1930s neighborhood, which is almost entirely surrounded by water, are the spacious homes in the Amsterdam School style. The gable stones and bridge sculptures by Hildo Krop, to whom the honorary title of City Sculptor of Amsterdam was awarded, also lend the neighborhood personality.
The neighborhood now has a young and dynamic character thanks to the many shops, coffee bars, lunch spots and restaurants on Beethovenstraat and on Olympiaplein. In addition, Beethovenstraat has a quality selection of bakeries, fish shops, butchers, patisseries and wine shops. Olympiaplein is home to bakery Le Fournil, cheese shop Fromagerie L’Amuse and, a recent addition, Coffee District. On Marathonweg, just five minutes away, is butcher shop Zikking. On Fridays, Minervaplein hosts an organic market with the purest and fairest products. The wide avenues and greenery of Beatrixpark, with its modern sculptures and historic trees, create a sense of space and are ideal for exercising and relaxing. The neighborhood is known for its good primary and secondary schools and also for its convenient location relative to Amsterdam’s beltway and Station Zuid.
What the owners will miss
When the church building came on the market in 1997, we knew immediately: this is going to be our NY loft in Amsterdam Zuid. The plan was to create a new living space with a floor area of 400 sqm at 10 meters’ height in the 1930s building. With two additional floors of 100 sqm each above that for the primary bedroom and a technical room for climate control and a lifting system. Indeed, we envisioned a spacious indoor terrace that could be opened and closed with tall glass (sliding) facades. Under the inspired creative and constructive leadership of Amsterdam architect George Witteveen, our dream became reality in 1999.
We are now almost 25 years on. And ready for a new phase in our lives, about which more later. What we are going to miss is our un-Dutch, wonderfully spacious house that offers perfect silence. As said: a NY-loft , a freehold property. With nothing to compare. One of a kind. On summer days, the 7.5-meter tall glass facades slide upwards. And thus create the ideal setting for completely private sunbathing on the daybed. Or long dinners in the sun on the terrace. In winter, the warmth and coziness of the fireplace draws us in. Then seating elements are slid across the concrete floor with underfloor heating toward the wood-fired fireplace. To relax, read or enjoy a good glass of wine with friends. The eye-level waving canopy of trees in front of the large round window turns light green in spring and golden yellow in fall. The seasons enter the house beautifully through the skylights, the terrace and the large round window at the front.
Living in this space, in this length-width-height dimension, is like nothing else. It is a sheltered, serene environment that seems to have nothing to do with the chaos of every day. We are going to miss the house which, because of its internal architecture, space and openness, has a tremendously welcoming character. The large kitchen island was the base for countless dinners and get-togethers. The podium at the front of the house often served as a dance floor with a fixed disco ball under the walkway at 10 feet.
We will miss the primary bedroom where you wake up to the birds in the summer. We will miss the bedroom’s attached (double) 12-meter-long open wardrobe walls that give you the feeling of a luxury clothing boutique. We will miss the robust base of steel, concrete, wood and glass dressed with walls of recycled “coconut tushes” and woven reeds.
But besides missing it, we are especially grateful to have been able to live in an entirely self-created world for nearly 25 years. The children have left home. A beautiful farm in Friesland is waiting for us, with inflatable boats, sandboxes and swings for a new stage in our lives: grandparenthood. For us – preferably – amidst nature.