The owners of this home in The Netherlands wanted to built a home in the style of a factory from the 1930’s, so windows with metal frames, brown brick stones and a spiral staircase. The stairs are a central factor on the ground floor, where it stands between the kitchen and the living space and so linking the two spaces together. They saw the stairs in a store in The Netherlands, took pictures and their architect managed to find out the manufacturer of the stair, and so they ended up with this magnificent spiral staircase that is an eyecatcher in their industrial home. I wish we had a picture of the outside as well, I think this is such an interesting home!
Dutch design studio Piet Boon has designed this former church of a military hospital in Antwerp into the stunning restaurant of Sergio Herman and Nick Bril called The Jane. I love it when churches get converted when they’re no longer in use (see also this church in Spain converted to a skate park). There are so many beautiful architectural churches in the world that are no longer used for it’s original purpose, it would be a shame to lose that and this way future generations can still admire the wonderful architecture of these buildings that were built hundreds of years ago. This restaurant in Antwerp combines elegance and refinement with attitude and humour, a good example of that is the stained glass in this building, at first it looks like traditional stained glass that you see in most churches, but when you look closer you will not see martyrs or saints but a collection of objects, animals, food and other things. These windows were created by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job and add a nice touch of humour in the design of this restaurant. A dinner in restaurant The Jane is not only a pleasure for the stomache but also for your eyes.
Away from the chaos of Buenos Aires, in one of its residential neighbourhoods, stands this wonderful architectural home of architect Alejandro Sticotti. Casa Olivos is a spacious property that truly embraces the wonderful garden that surrounds the home thanks to the use of floor to ceiling windows that make you feel as if you’re sitting in a garden instead of a home. The design of the building was centered on linking the inside with the outside and making the home transparant, so there is no extravagant luxury, the home is decorated with basic materials such as wood and concrete. I especially love the kitchen with the simple marble workspace, open shelves and no lower cabinets. I can just imagine living here and wander barefoot through the garden and the wonderful open spaces of this home. It must feel a bit like you’re always on vacation and who wouldn’t want that!
Architecture firm APA London designed this former shoe factory into a theatrical loft apartment in Clerkenwell, London. The firm was asked by Dalia Ibelhauptaite (a director of opera and theatre) and Dexter Fletcher (a director of film and theatre) to transform the warehouse from the 1930s into a personal space that represented their history. Both directors were drawn to the magnificent windows that were partly hidden from view before the renovation but are now, thankfully, beautifully restored. In the center of the large space stands the big black metal box with sliding doors that can be opened on all sides which houses the bathroom and the couple’s large film and book archive. All the chosen furniture and materials were based on the couple’s family history and their travels to Japan, Belgium and Argentina which makes this industrial loft space very personal and beautiful.
Furthest west of Lofoten in Norway is going to rise a spectacular new building the Lofoten Opera Hotel. Designed by Snøhetta this 11.000sq meter building stretches out towards the sea in southern and western direction and creates a link between the sea and the mountains. Even though the building almost stands in the sea it is still connected with the coastal town surrounding the building site. They did a truly wonderful job in blending such a large building into the landscape and I can only imagine the view you will have from your hotel room, absolutely stunning. I can’t wait for the Lofoten Opera Hotel to be finished and if the inside is just as spectacular as the outside I’m sure I will make a follow up post about this amazing hotel in Glåpen, Norway.
Just outside Stockholm in Saltsjö-boo among the pine trees and rocks stands this amazing glass home called the Six Walls House by Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor. The name is obvious, because there are six walls that divide the grand space. Even though the home stands between the trees it has a seaview and to fully embrace that view the 5.4 meter high walls are completely made of glass. Inside the home is minimalistic with large spaces and concrete floors and cement plaster but even though the interior is very grey it feels very bright thanks to those amazing windows! And to make it even better, the home also has a roof terrace between the pine trees with view of the sea.
A few weeks ago I posted a concrete cabin in Switzerland, today we go to France for some concrete love. This home by Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek of NS Architects is situated on the Côte d’Azur, Southern France. The single story home, called the S House, is built of concrete with large windows overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Because of the excellency in which this geomatric, minimalistic home was designed it’s truly a piece of art. The home is completely designed in concrete and the (spare) furniture that stands in this home is in earthly colours which enhances the minimalistic feeling. Despite the use of concrete all over the house it doesn’t feel cold at all thanks to the excellent design.
Let’s stay in Switzerland a little while longer. Yesterday I showed you a warm and cozy chalet overlooking the Alps. Today something completely the opposite. This minimalistic concrete cabin is designed by Selina Walder & Georg Nikisch. At first glance the building looks like a traditional wooden barn from the outside, but when you take a closer look you can see it’s actually concrete. Inside they kept it raw and minimalistic with wood, sheepskins and some fabrics to give it some warmth, but it is still mainly concrete. It’s the ideal place to unwind from a hectic life, just lie in that bath and relax with the gorgeous view of the rocks.
Converting a church into a home or an office space is not something unusual. A large open space with high ceilings and stained glass is for many people a dream to live in. In the Spanish place Llanera in Asturias they did something completely different with an abandoned church. It’s is now a colourful skate park.