Today we’re talking about a potato barns that was transformed by Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten into an industrial loft that combined original features with nods to their industrial past.
The two neighboring buildings are located in Amsterdam Noord and look stunning. Curious? Keep scrolling and fall in love!
“The buildings are both from different periods and were constructed using different methods. The first was erected around the time of the second world war using a hybrid construction, while the second dates from the 1960s and features a steel frame, wooden floors, and a concrete facade.”
During the intervening years, several extensions were removed and the buildings were stripped back to their basic shells at the beginning of the renovation process.
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The architects chose to maintain the resulting open-plan rooms. They adapted them to accommodate loft-like living and working spaces featuring high, exposed ceilings.
“In the arrangement of these spaces, the original constructions of the barns have remained visible,” explained the architects. “Together with the new plastered cement screed floor, they define the basic character of these interiors.”
Materials introduced for structural, technical or aesthetic purposes are chosen to complement the industrial feel of the interiors. Black steel columns and beams brace the walls and support upper storeys slotted in beneath the pitched roofs. Whitewashed brick walls and exposed venting add to the raw aesthetic.
“The finish is simple yet stylishly designed and realized,” the architects added, “whereby the characteristics of a robust industrial past go hand-in-hand with a modernist interior of art and design fittings.”
Next to the studio, an office is housed in a single-storey flat-roofed volume between the two buildings. The other half of this structure contains a dining area connected to the open-plan kitchen and living room. A corner between the lounge and dining space contains large glass surfaces, with integrated doors leading out onto a terrace and the garden beyond.
A guest room situated off the main living space features a bathroom with black and white tiles and glazed doors that open onto a small patio.
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