Claire-obscur

Claire-obscur

Architect
Bureau Fraai
Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices

Apartments
Flare Department
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
LightingTonone
Kitchen countertopCosentino
Kitchen countertopNEOLITH by TheSize
HardwareFormani
ManufacturersJUNG / HATEHA
LightingWEVER & DUCRÉ

Product Spec Sheet
Lighting
Kitchen countertop
Kitchen countertop
Hardware
by Formani
Manufacturers
Lighting

Bureau Fraai converts a monumental building into high-end apartments and office spaces

Bureau Fraai as Architects

In the Museum Square neighbourhood in the city centre of Amsterdam Bureau Fraai completed a conversion and upgrade of a monumental building into high-end apartments and office spaces. The architects took their inspiration from the Claire-obscur technique applied by the painter Gerard van Honthorst (after whom the street ‘Honthorststraat’ is named) who was a gifted follower of the famous ‘claire-obscur’ painter Caravaggio.

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Flare Department

This characteristic building and once beautiful monumental interior with a total of 4 storeys and a souterrain had lost its charm throughout the time and lack of ownership and maintenance. Both the new owner and municipality wanted this building to be restored and upgraded with full respect and care for all the monumental characteristics, details and quality. Therefor all the existing characteristics and details were well documented and photographed to ensure they would be restored accordingly.

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Flare Department

Office spaces are created on the ground floor and in the souterrain. On the upper floors spacious high-end apartments are created by respecting the typical existing building layout with a front and rear room separated by an open ensuite cabinet.

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Flare Department

For the new interior design Bureau Fraai took the approach of ‘respecting the old and embracing the new’ by combining the characteristic features of the existing interior with contemporary design features and interventions. They took the ‘claire-obscur’ technique as their main inspiration. Claireobscur is a technique from painting in which the light-dark contrasts are portrayed more strongly than they often are in reality. This produces a dramatic effect that accentuates three-dimensional shapes.

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Flare Department

Bureau Fraai designed these strong light-dark contrasts within the apartments and offices by introducing new strong unicoloured interior interventions opposing the light grey basic colour. The harmony of these quite dramatic interventions with the refined existing characteristics resulted in strong and unique ‘claire-obscur’ identities for each and every floor.

Team:
Client: Schönhaus
Architect: Bureau Fraai
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Van Schaijk
Interior builder: Profiel B.V.
Structural engineer: Structure Engineering

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Flare Department
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Flare Department
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