Carl-Johan Bauhn first saw this 19th-century former mission house while attending an air show in Vallentuna, Sweden. The place was in dire need of repair but he saw the potential in the building and together with his partner Sara Fjelkman did they decide to save this former place of worship and renovate it into a modern home with a historic feeling. Everything in this building needed to be repaired which had to be done carefully to preserve the facade, windows and other details that were typical of the building. It took the couple 2 years to complete the renovation but the result is stunning. They gave a 19th-century mission house a new function in making it a beautiful light home. I particularly love the pastel blue, green and pink that bring some color in this Scandinavian home giving the old mission house a calm and serene feeling with a pop of color.
A former brewery in Melbourne was converted into a loft-style industrial apartment by Brett Murray, Stuart McKenzie and Simon Carver. The three men (and a dog) live in this apartment together and that is visible in the masculine style of this loft-style home. Exposed brick walls, dark colours and industrial elements give the spaces a moody atmosphere, which is enhanced by the little natural light that comes into the apartment. This Melbourne apartment might have a masculine feel about it but I would definitely want to live here, gosh I love everything about it.
This former factory building in Copenhagen was conversed into a home for photographer Peter Krasilnikoff by Studio David Thulstrup. The architecture firm wanted to keep the original exposed brick walls of the former warehouse and therefore they created the glass atrium in the center of the building to flood the surrounding spaces with natural light. Peter Krasilnikoff wanted to have a garden within the house, so the atrium became the green heart of his home.
The country home of Italian couple Ludovica and Roberto Palomba of the Milan-based architecture firm Palomba Serafini Associati is everyhting you hope for in an Italian country home. It’s hard to imagine this light home any different but the property experienced a big transformation since it was originally built in the 17th-century as an oil mill. The couple wanted to keep the space as original as possible so no new walls were added giving this home large open spaces and the floors are made of local stones. The only problem was the lack of natural light, which they created by putting in skylights. As you perhaps know I’m a big fan of renovating old buildings and this country home in Italy shows that even a dark old oil mill can be transformed into a beautiful light & minimalistic home with many architectural details (just look at those amazing arches all through this home). This 17th-century Italian country home is a dream come true.
The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn is located in a former textile factory from 1901 near the Williamsburg waterfront. The history and character of the building is still very visible in the interior of the Wythe Hotel, through the entire building you will find exposed brick, wooden beams, steel columns and arched windows. The hotel fits perfectly in the surrounding neighbourhood with its laid back attitude and respect for the local history. Not only the bedrooms in The Wythe Hotel are stunning, the Reynards restaurant and the Ides bar are beautifully designed and with the tiled floor, exposed brick and vintage furniture it’s almost as if you step back in time. The bar and restaurant are managed by renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons so you’re guaranteed a wonderful food experience. The Wythe hotel is a stunning raw, industrial hotel where you can truly experience the local Brooklyn vibe.
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.
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.
It’s no secret that I love combinations of old and new design and this hotel in Cologne, that links history with modernity, is a perfect example of why it works so well. Located on a quiet square in Cologne, Germany stands this former historic city archive. The building was designed by Friedrich Carl Heimann and was built in a neo-Gothic style which is also very prominent in the interior of the building (those windows!!). The QVEST hotel was designed by Michael Kaune (the owner of QVEST Magazine) who has a big love for modern design and most of the artwork and furniture in the QVEST Hotel comes from his own personal collection. This beautiful hotel is filled with design classics by Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe and together with a wonderful photography and art collection makes this hotel a dream for design lovers.
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.