Leliegracht 13

2015 - 2016

canal houses

Amsterdam / Netherlands

The conversion and restoration of this monument in the historic centre of Amsterdam into two independent family houses was a co-production between Bob Gysin of BGP Architekten and Allard Architecture. Bob Gysin developed the original concept for the design, this then being translated and executed by Allard Architecture.

This required a high degree of precision in documentation and construction to ensure the design would be read as orthogonal in the non-orthogonal angles that make up the overall volume of the historic canal house. This was most clearly evident in the corridor and spaces located in the spine of the building between the front and back spaces of the upper levels, whereby clean lines were strictly maintained. The ornate polychrome ceilings were also carefully restored and glued back again to ensure their rich character would be preserved into the future.

Project drive

allard architecture • Leliegracht 13
Internal corridor partially closed, demonstrating how the two sides can be closed off from each other
allard architecture • Leliegracht 13
Restoration work being carried out on the ornate polychrome ceilings

Project details

canal houses
Bob Gysin + Partner Architects
Allard Architecture