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Marco V.

Marco Visser is well aware of the role that a home plays as a sanctuary. His own – a fourth floor, split-level apartment in the waterside Piraeus building located on Amsterdam’s KNSM island (it takes its name from a now-defunct steamship company once based there) – provides the ideal contrast to his busy working life as a human resources advisor for the international relief agency Medecins sans Frontieres. Marco fell for the place thirteen years ago, when it was newly built. “The location’s ideal – to the east and away from the heart of the city, but within easy reach of it – and the watery views are incredibly relaxing. Plus I’m a fan of the award-winning German architect Hans Kollhof, who built the place. Outside, he’s used dark brick and a sculptural form for the building as a whole; inside, the rooms are light-filled and spacious, with the sort of large windows and high ceilings that you don’t normally find in modern homes. There’s also an enormous loggia, where I can sit and unwind as I look out over the water. It’s south-facing and a real sun trap, meaning that, for around four months of the year, I can have the doors that separates it from the living room wide open.”

Shot from dining room through kitchen and living room to loggia.
Shot from dining room through kitchen and living room to loggia.
In the dining area, the table is some three-metres long - so there's room for plenty of guests. Chairs are Arne Jacobsen's butterfly designs. On the wall hangs a French mirror from around 1840 bought in Rotterdam, a forest painting by Marco's uncle and a portrait of a blind man bought in South Africa. (and two original prints by Bram van Velde and Picasso)
In the dining area, the table is some three-metres long - so there's room for plenty of guests. Chairs are Arne Jacobsen's butterfly designs. On the wall hangs a French mirror from around 1840 bought in Rotterdam, a forest painting by Marco's uncle and a portrait of a blind man bought in South Africa. (and two original prints by Bram van Velde and Picasso)

Images: Hotze Eisma via Taverne Agency. Styling: Reineke Groters. Words: Anna lambert. Chairs Arne Jacobsen. Artist Bram van Velde. Artist Picasso

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