1 DECEMBER 2013: 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Vroom Architects was founded on December 1, 1988 by architect Wolbert Vroom. The first nine years Wolbert Vroom was working as an independent architect at Church Street. Since 1998, the agency is based on Vijzelgracht. For a quarter of a century the practice has been dedicated to restoration and renovation of old - often monumental - buildings in and around Amsterdam.
OCTOBER 2013: SUCCESSFUL RE-EVALUATION GEAR. October the 10th a new test for the GEAR certificate was held. This is a condition for our membership with the association of restoring architects (VAWR). The audit team of Hobéon Certification has assessed that our agency meets the quality requirements of the GEAR.
14 OKTOBER: TAX REDUCTION The regulation for the reduced rate for Value Added Tax (VAT or in Dutch: BTW) on renovation and maintenance is extended until the end of 2014. This includes the fees of architectural firms. The rate will be down from 21% to 6%. For more information see BNA.
MAY 26th 2013: WALKING TOUR On May 26th 2013 the 'Friends of Stadherstel' has been a success. At our office the friends have experienced in words and pictures the history of the prolapse in 2008 and the restoration of the weaver houses in 2011.
MARCH 4th 2013: TEMPORARELY TAX REDUCTION As of March 4th the Value Added Tax (VAT or in Dutch: BTW) for fees of architectural firms will be temporarily down from 21% to 6%. The period will be March 1rst 2013 untill March 1st 2014. This is great news for our clients as well for us too: we serve you for 15% less! There are some conditions.
For the full text, please refer to the link: http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten-en-publicaties/besluiten/2013/02/28/blkb2013-305-omzetbelasting-verlaagd-btw-tarief-op-arbeidskosten-bij-renovatie-en-herstel-van-woningen.html
The reuse of existing buildings is extremely durable and nature friendly, but also worth considering because of the cost point of view. We (re-)use materials in existing houses that were manufactured hundreds of years ago. We (re-)build on already developed land and thereby spare the beautiful landscape.Re-development requires particular expertise, which we have. Raamsteeg 6, a townhouse in a medieval part of Amsterdam, has been saved by Stadsherstel Amsterdam, as architects we are involved with the restoration.
Our agency operates mainly in the center of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Zuid. We restored canal houses in the canal ring area of Amsterdam and the smaller houses in the side streets. In Amsterdam Zuid the residences along the Sarphatipark are an example, as are those in the Van Eeghenstraat, Van Baerlestraat and Richard Wagnerstraat. On occasion we also do projects outside of Amsterdam, like recently in Haarlem and The Hague.
OCTOBER 19th 2012: COMPLETION RESTAURATION Raamsteeg 6. This house is located in the medieval town center with traces to the 14th century. The VVAB and Friends of Stadsherstel Amsterdam saved the house from demolition. The downstair shop and upstairs house have been thoroughly renovated: living above work is the theme.
JUNE 23rd 2012: OPEN HOUSE On June 23 we have given access to our office, to offer our visitors some advice and meanwhile some good food, prepaired by our neighbours "Vijzel Good Food". The "open days of architecture" were a success for our firm!
MARCH 7th 2012: OPENING RECEPTION Recently we relocated back to our former office at the Vijzelgracht. We celebrated this with drinks on March 7th. The Open House on Saturday February 18th was a success. Over 200 visitors have visited our office.
KERKSTRAAT 15 + 17: The restauration of both these houses has started.
ZANDHOEK: The restoration works of the townhouse at Zandhoek (Westelijke Eilanden) have started.
MUSEUM MEERMANNO - Huis van het Boek: The museum is planning to expand an re-arrange the layout. Both monumental townhouses at the Prinsessegracht in The Hague require a delicate approach. The first step is to improve the audience-support areas.
NISSAN MOTORPARTS CENTER: The renovation of an office area of Nissan Motor Parts Center has been completed.This is a good example of re-use of space rather than expansion.