A recent weekend flip over to Amsterdam to do the tourist thing and we ended up spending the entire weekend encamped in this place. So we wanted to find out more. You have to check iit out on your next visit…………….
n Amsterdam’s restaurant scene, the names of Bert van der Leden, Douwe Werkman and Rob Wagemans pop up constantly, and usually all together. Werkman and van der Leden wield their influence through IQ Creatve, a restaurant and hospitality conglomerate that is best known for the Supperclubs around the world, but also operates Witteveen, Nomads, Vyne, Envy and Nevy in Amsterdam.
For interior, architectural and conceptual creative output, they turn most often to Concrete of Amsterdam, a 25-member company founded in 1997 by the 37-year-old Wagemans. Concrete is a kit of three companies: Concrete Architectural Associates (architecture, design concepts), Concrete Reinforced (urban design) and Models+Monsters (scale models).
The prolific gentlemen’s latest cooperation is Mazzo. It is a cool reincarnation of a notorious disco in a strange and ugly building on Rozengracht. The building may be odd but not that unusual in Amsterdam. Its spaces of varying heights and widths could have posed a problem, but for Concrete, they offered an opportunity to create an inviting yet industrial-feeling atmosphere and a place that is flexible without seeming temporary
Mismatched chairs, exposed brick walls, rough wooden shelving, sepia-toned images and GUBI and MOOOI lighting manage to give the mismatched spaces a cozy sense of an impromptu meeting place where mums could meet for lunch and moguls could convene for an important deal.
Hamburg, located in a restored building in the Winterhude district of Hamburg, is a private 118 square-meter residence designed by Graft. The focal point of the high-ceilinged and otherwise white space is a large pod paneled with walnut. The pod contains the residence’s kitchen and bathroom, hides its central heating, cooling and plumbing, and even provides some cupboards and bookshelves. The owner was looking to use a wide variety of materials, and the walnut pod contrasts beautifully with the soft fabrics, leather and natural stone used elsewhere in the loft
Graft is an architecture, urban planning and design company established in 1998 in Los Angeles by German architects (,) Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit and Gregor Hoheisel, all now in their early forties.
Their Berlin office opened in 2001, and Beijing office in 2004. Alejandra Lillo joined Graft as the fifth partner in Los Angeles in 2007
Our Flat Pack department are working 24/7 to create an ‘ikea’ version of this for you – don’t hold your breath!
This six-floor, 15,500-square-foot warehouse built in 1915 in TriBeCa does not match everyone’s idea of a perfect family home. Mixed Greens gallery owner Paige West, her husband and their three sons thought otherwise. They summoned their many-time design magician Ghislaine Viñas to create their most imaginative project yet while Peter Guthrie handled the renovation of the actual structure.
This is the kind of home where you imagine Willy Wonka to live, or some other out-there character who throws crazy dinner parties that are talked about months afterwards. West’s family occupies the top four floors that are capped by a green roof. The lower two levels are taken up by a guest duplex that is not your typical guest house either. It includes, among other surprises, a two-storey climbing wall.
The old frame has been restored in a subdued style leaving a suitable background a lots of room for the wild interiors. Most of the time, one is not quite sure what one is looking at. It is a delightful, colourful and slightly mad mix of styles, colours, art and props, reminding us of a few hotels – including Hotel Fox in Copenhagen – where each room is decorated by a different artist
A chandelier made of ping-pong balls, a self portrait by chocolate artist Vik Muniz and a pair of sheep sculptures grazing on a fuzzy green carpet are just some of the crazy details in this home, that according to the designer and owners, was also designed to be easy to care for and live in for a family with young kids. One thing is certain; the kids will not describe their home as ordinary or boring
Live/Work properties have always provided exceptiovera.htm’>onally flexible ‘homes’ for those wanting to live and work and for so many potential uses. Live/work units tended to have been mainly centered around the east of London but over the last 15 years, we have handled live/work units in most boroughs of London and the demand has grown to exceptional levels. Whilst the demand is still higher for properties in East London, but that is usually because most people assume that the east is the only area that one really stands a chance to find something.
Live/work units have always been hard to find at any one time, in terms of a range of choice. Add to this that in many cases, those wanting to buy a live/work unit tend to require a more ‘creative’ space in order to feel inspired and motivated and the idea of buying into someone else’s ‘design or fit-out’ can be a problem as each person’s idea of the perfect live/work space, is so individual.
So the chance of coming across live/work units that require refurbishment or offer the opportunity for the buyer to come and and ‘do their own thing’ is the top of most shopping lists.
Currently, we have several really interesting projects for those looking to stamp their own vision on the bricks and mortar. Tredown Road in Sydenham SE26 (£450,000 Freehold) offers a very large two storey Freehold building with it’s own gated entrance and parking. The upper level provides a wonderful large open-plan space with vaulted ceilings and another large room. Downstairs is a warren on artist studio spaces and with the right vision, it could be a a wonderful, creative live/work Freehold. A lot of work is required from a new roof to a complete heating, wiring and cosmetic make-over – the perfect opportunity for those so inclined.
Also available is a very similar Freehold opportunity in Honor Oak, SE23 called The Gladiator Works. At over 2,250 sq ft currently arranged with 5 art studios and a studio flat on the ground floor and a three bedroom loft style flat on the upper floor. This property is perfectly habitable as it is, but with most of the internal walls not structural, the potential to great a stunning open-plan style live/work home is right here.
At £499,950, this represents a fantastic opportunity.
At the extreme end, we also have a huge Live/Work Freehold over in Mortlake, near Sheen SW14 at £1,250,000.
Currently, the building is used as a family live/work house to the rear, with the front being rented out as creative workspaces and studios. The rear section – with its own discreet access from Worple Street – offers 4/5 bedrooms and a fantastic family room on the first floor, with plenty of home workspace. Our clients inform us that the ground floor of this section is still classed as commercial and are willing to accept subject to planning offers, to change this to residential. There is a lovely courtyard garden to the rear and access to a large, full height cellar.
The front of the building, with its own access from North Worple Way, is a sun drenched B1 commercial space, which is permanently let to 8-10 creative individuals as desk space and/or studio space. The tenants are on monthly rolling contracts and are happy to stay, should any buyer wish to utilise this space as an investment. The gross income is currently £39,500 p.a. and our clients pay approximately £8,000 p.a. in commercial rates.
The commercial portion of the building has excellent natural light and near double-height ceilings and would make the perfect artistic/photographic studio, or gallery
For more details on these properties and other live/work properties throughout London, check out our website at www.uniquepropertycompany.co.uk