Industrial spaces have become fashionable places to call home. Just check out this old Amsterdam auto repair shop, converted into a living space by James van der Velden, a Dutch designer who bought an old auto repair shop in 2012. The space was being used as a storeroom but van der Velden transformed it into a striking residential space. Van der Velden’s vision was a masculine, easy-going style utilizing plenty of texture and contrast. He wanted his space to have a “collected,” casual feel and it looks like to us, he’s succeeded.
His living room showcases this philosophy. Nearly everything in it was bought second-hand. He is especially proud of a couch bought online which had just the “worn-out” look he was looking for.
One of the best parts of his space is a 75 square foot interior atrium which connects all the spaces in the former garage. The gridded-glass construction is graphic and bold. While the atrium is not large, it floods the garage with light and allows van der Velden to grow a small garden.
Here’s another view:
In the kitchen, industrial lighting, white subway tile, black track lighting and open shelving continue that workshop feel.
Here’s another view:
You enter the home through the garage.
The vintage vibe continues in the guest bedroom where the bed platform was made out of wooden pallets, and the headboard is a vintage map:
In van der Velden’s bedroom, a large piece of leather hanging from a steel rod serves as a headboard. Vintage movie theater seats line the wall.
We love this space for walking a line that is not an easy one. It’s industrial and masculine but warm and cozy. It’s vintage and eclectic, but bold and modern. It’s personal, and in our opinion, utterly beautiful. Congrats to van der Velden on a project well done!
BAK Arquitects have built a family home on sand dunes on the coast of Buenos Aires near the city.
Lit up like a lantern at night, the transparent house looks inviting.
It is an L shaped house with a public wing and a sleeping wing.
Per the clients wishes, it is the utmost in austerity, built entirely in concrete.
The all-concrete kitchen furniture allows for no mistakes or design revisions.
Both the workbench and table surfaces are honed to a high sheen.
A concrete table extended into a dining area off the workbench in the kitchen will never be able to be moved an inch this way or that.
One hopes this concrete built-in furniture won’t go out of style any time soon: concrete structures built in Ancient Rome are still around 20 centuries later.
In this tiny house in Japan by Tato Architects some clever space saving ideas are used.
On every floor in this very narrow building, there’s only enough width for one room.
This design makes the most of every one.
Obviously a house constrained into 4 stories, barely one room wide, is going to be dominated by stairs.
But actually, this is the only staircase exposed in the building.
And even that stair ends in what looks like two pieces of furniture, a chest of drawers and a coffee table, that happen to function as a stair.
Starting on the ground floor, a faux wardrobe by the entrance door in fact houses a small toilet, and… a staircase.
The toilet door is tucked under the staircase inside the tall end of the ‘wardrobe’ stair and allows the maximum spaciousness for the bathing part of the bathroom.
On the other side of the staircase, the bathroom sink is separated from both the hidden toilet and the spacious bath, next to the stairs that ascend through the wardrobe. Read the rest of this entry »
This charming little townhouse is a renovation of an old Singapore Mews house that was extraordinarily poorly designed.
This was its barely liveable windowless floor plan! Ripe for a radical makeover, but how to do that while staying within the long, narrow, windowless exterior wall?
With too many walls, and no light from each side, none of the rooms were liveable.
Here is the makeover proposed by Singapore’s Wallflower Architecture and Design.
Note the square courtyard in its center (10).
This central courtyard lights up all three ‘rooms’ to each side, the living the dining, and…
The light from the one small courtyard gets recycled between all three ‘rooms’.
That one change, by bringing light down into the center of the long space makes all the difference to the house.
Then, the architects opened up the entire back wall of the house, so light comes in from the back garden. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s an interesting house on the sand dunes in Holland by Dutch architects Jetty and Maarten Min.
It is the architects’ own rather quirky live/work studio home.
The owner-architects had always wanted to experience living high up with a view out to sea over the sand dunes.
Amusingly, tree trunks are put to use in their natural state to be supporting struts within the house.
The metal connectors look particularly brutal attached to the raw tree trunks, quite unlike the effect of seeing the same kinds of connectors in normal timber construction.
The architects seem to be making a statement that makes us rethink our relationship to the trees which support so much of our infrastructure. Read the rest of this entry »