Amsterdam is known for many things, but none so ubiquitous as the canal houses. A city in flux calls for architects that love every inch of the city, the way it was and the way it is now. That most certainly applies to Wim Lindenbergh and Erwin Spijker from Studio Y, who have proven themselves experts when it comes to designing and renovating canal houses, office spaces, hotels, utility buildings and much more, not just in the capital city, but also elsewhere. The connection with Amsterdam is undeniable with Studio Y (pronounced as the Dutch ‘y’ similar to ´aye´), the name being a nod to the river IJ that runs through the north of the city and used to be written on maps as ‘y’. Lindenbergh and Spijker’s first office was housed near the waterway.