Edward van Vliet converts crane into three-storey holiday retreat in Amsterdam

A crane overlooking Amsterdam’s IJ river has been transformed into a luxury rental apartment, featuring three stacked shipping containers accommodating living spaces designed by Edward van Vliet to reference the area’s industrial past. The rental apartment is operated by local firm, Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments, which oversaw the crane’s refurbishment in collaboration with the local municipality,

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Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti uses local stone and plaster for lakeside house

Variously sized openings scattered across the traditional stone and plaster facades of this house in the Swiss town of Ascona provide views of the garden and Lake Maggiore. Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti, which is based on the opposite shore on the lake, was tasked with updating an existing house situated close to the centre

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Antonin Ziegler covers abandoned barn in zinc plates to create rustic home in northern France

Zinc plates protect the ageing wooden structure of this barn in the French village Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit, which was been transformed into a house with its own spa by Antonin Ziegler. Parisian architect Ziegler and his studio chose zinc as a replacement for the weatherbeaten cladding of The Barn house, which stands on the edge of the wheat field

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Movie explores Jonathan Tuckey’s home in a former steel workshop in London

Filmmaker Tapio Snellman has documented the home of Jonathan Tuckey in this movie, which was created 14 years after the architect overhauled a 19th-century London workshop to create it. The architect, who is the founder of London-based firm Jonathan Tuckey Design, renovated and extended the steel fabricator’s workshop in 2002 to create a unique home for his family and their dog.

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PROD transforms 18th-century manor house in rural Portugal into hotel

Portuguese studio PROD has converted this 18th-century house and stables in northern Portugal into a 15-bedroom hotel, adding an elevated wooden bridge and a vaulted roof to the kitchen. The Paço de Vitorino estate comprises a three-storey residence on the eastern side of the plot, and two wings on the northern and southern side that were previously used as a warehouse

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West Architecture converts London church into restrained home for School of Life founder

West Architecture has transformed a Methodist church in Islington into a pared-back home dressed with just a few items of furniture to reflect the minimalist lifestyle of its owner. London studio West Architecture, which carried out previous renovation works on the building, was asked to update the space for its latest owner. The client, Morgwn Rimel, is the co-founder

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David Nossiter Architects transforms brick barn in Suffolk into spacious home

The original brick walls and a high timber-trussed ceiling are left exposed inside this former barn in Suffolk, which has been converted into a contemporary home by David Nossiter Architects. Church Hill Barn is located on the border between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex, and is one of a cluster of buildings that formed the

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Intersticial Arquitectura renovates 1980s industrial building to create home and studio in Mexico

Mexican studio Intersticial Arquitectura has renovated a dilapidated structure in a formerly industrial part of Queretaro, exposing structural elements and using simple construction techniques. Now housing a combined residence and workspace, the building was originally erected in the 1980s and was in need of repairs. Rather than tearing down the 160-square-metre building, the architects opted to renovate it. “The building

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MW Works transforms century-old Washington barn into rural family retreat

Seattle-based MW Works has overhauled an early-20th-century barn to create a family holiday home that celebrates rustic materials and fittings. MW Works was tasked with completely modernising the old working barn, which is located in Washington state, and transforming it into a three-bedroom residence that it calls Canyon Barn. The architects sought to retain as much of the original structure as

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Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects transforms Belgian fort into home and guesthouse

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects has renovated and extended a former fort in West Flanders to create a home for an estate agent and his family. The Bruges-based practice was asked to extend the 1839 farmhouse – which was once a fort – to suit the client, his wife and their two children, and to transform the barn into a bed

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Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten converts former potato barns into loft-style homes

Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten has transformed a pair of former barns in Amsterdam into residences that combine original features with nods to their industrial past (+ slideshow). The two neighbouring buildings are located in Amsterdam Noord – an upcoming neighbourhood to the north of the IJ river. Amsterdam-based Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten was asked to create More

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Villa Le Lac is a glass-walled house overlooking Lake Geneva

Swiss architect Philippe Meyer has converted a former office building on the shore of Lake Geneva into a house with glass walls to provide expansive views of the surrounding scenery (+ slideshow). Villa Le Lac was designed by Meyer’s studio as the main residence for a young couple and their three children. Located around ten minutes from the Swiss More

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Asdfg Architekten converts former miller’s house into contemporary home

Hamburg studio Asdfg Architekten has converted a 19th-century miller’s house in Berlin into a modern family home arranged around original brick walls (+ slideshow). The building in the German capital’s Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood was built in the 1840s and had previously been used as a police station and workshop. Its owner – a friend of Asdfg More

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Soho House and Michaelis Boyd turn derelict farm into luxury members’ hotel

Soho House & Co’s in-house design team and London architects Michaelis Boyd have overhauled a run-down farm in Oxfordshire to create Soho Farmhouse – a hotel that combines English countryside style with “upstate New York cabin culture” (+ slideshow). Soho Farmhouse occupies a 40-acre site in Great Tew, near Soho House founder Nick Jones’ own More

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Studio Octopi adds glass-fronted extension to White Lodge house in London

Local architecture firm Studio Octopi added this brick and glass extension to a Victorian terrace in west London to improve the connection between the property’s reconfigured interior and garden (+ slideshow). Studio Octopi was asked to redesign the disjointed ground-floor spaces of the 1860s property in Putney, and to add two new bedrooms and a playroom. A 1990s conservatory was More

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Raúl Sánchez uses angled walls to create blind spots in open-plan apartment in Barcelona

Grey-veined marble is paired with raw concrete and exposed pipework in this Barcelona apartment, in which architect Raúl Sánchez has used angled walls to create visual breaks in the layout.  Sánchez and his studio RAS Arquitectura used angled walls to section up the 110-square-metre space, formerly used as an office. The bends in the walls help to create blind spots within the largely open-plan More

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Freiluft uses concrete “tree” to form rooms within Swiss barn conversion

Swiss practice Freiluft has inserted a branching concrete structure inside an old barn in Switzerland’s Emmental valley, as part of its conversion into a pair of apartments. The Bern-based studio led by Matthias Zuckschwerdt, Alexander Grünig and Martin Klopfenstein designed the concrete “tree” not only to provide structural support for the roof of the ageing barn but a series of More

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Studio David Thulstrup transforms Copenhagen warehouse into home for a photographer

Studio David Thulstrup has turned a former factory building in Copenhagen into a house for a photographer, featuring a plant-filled atrium and walls of brick, wood and steel (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s Islands Brygge harbour district, the old building was renovated by the local firm to create a home for Danish photographer Peter Krasilnikoff. It is now named Peter’s House and sits next door to the photographer’s studio. More

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SHED transforms Washington horse stable into art studio and living quarters

Sliding barn-style doors inside this pared-back studio space and guesthouse by Seattle-based Shed Architecture and Design hint at the building’s past life as a horse stable (+ slideshow). The project, referred to as the Stable Conversion, is located in Kirkland – a Seattle suburb laced with equestrian trails. When the client purchased the 1960s property, a More

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Archi-Union Architects transforms abandoned Shanghai warehouse into ceramicist’s atelier

Archi-Union Architects has added a slatted timber extension on top of an old concrete and brick factory building in Shanghai, turning it into a showroom and workspace for a ceramic artist (+ slideshow). The formerly derelict building is located within the Wuwei Creative Industry Park, on the site of a former chemical-fibre factory. Archi-Union Architects, which also More

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Balconies and full-storey windows added to villa in a former Dutch museum

Architects Paul de Ruiter and Chris Collaris have transformed a former private museum in Rotterdam into an energy-neutral townhouse, featuring outdoor spaces on each level of its remodelled rear facade ( + slideshow). The building is located on one of the oldest streets in the Dutch city’s Kralingen neighbourhood, which was previously a separate village More

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Sam Jacob to convert former London pub into Postmodern-style house and nursery

Architect Sam Jacob has unveiled plans to convert a former east-London pub into a home for himself and a nursery – with Postmodern touches including curving facades and assorted window shapes. Sam Jacob Studio has now been granted planning permission for the four-storey property, which will continue to host the nursery that currently occupies its ground and basement levels. London-based Jacob More

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GAFPA inserts wooden house into the shell of an old Belgian industrial building

Belgian studio GAFPA has slotted a timber-framed house inside the steel skeleton of a disused stonemason’s atelier in Ghent, and transformed a former outbuilding into a walled garden (+ slideshow). Located in the Gentbrugge district of the Belgian city, the industrial site has been transformed by GAFPA into a family home and studio, allowing the client – an artist and carpenter – More

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Andrew Simpson Architects converts Melbourne warehouse into family home

Andrew Simpson Architects has converted a red brick warehouse in Melbourne into a loft-style residence, with separate entrances for different members of the resident family (+ slideshow). The 19th-century warehouse is located in the city’s Fitzroy North suburb and was previously occupied by businesses including a jam factory, an aerated water factory, an advertising agency and an engineering More

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Intervention Architecture transforms Victorian coach house into writer’s home and studio

UK studio Intervention Architecture has converted and extended a dilapidated Victorian coach house near Birmingham, England, to create a live-work space for a writer. The local studio transformed the outbuilding in Moseley to create the home for a writer who wanted a flexible space with plenty of light for living and working. “The writer’s main aim was to convert the disused More

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Aboim Inglez Arquitectos adds bright white extension to farmhouse in rural Portugal

Portuguese studio Aboim Inglez Arquitectos has converted and extended a century-old farmhouse near Lisbon to create a series of holiday homes overlooking the Alentejo plains (+ slideshow). Originally intended as a single holiday retreat for a retired couple from Lisbon, the project evolved to include a new gabled block containing five en-suite bedrooms for holidaymakers. This addition allows More

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Taylor Knights adds modern rear extension to a traditional Melbourne house

Melbourne architecture office Taylor Knights has renovated an existing Federation-style house in the city and added a contrasting contemporary extension that opens directly onto the rear garden (+ movie). Taylor Knights was asked to refurbish the semi-detached property in the Australian city’s St Kilda East district to enable two generations of a family to cohabit More

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Liddicoat & Goldhill transforms an 18th-century barn into an English countryside home

London studio Liddicoat & Goldhill has remodelled a derelict barn in Kent, England, to create a home featuring mechanically operated doors and a staircase that wraps around a chimney (+ movie). Named Ancient Party Barn, the house comprises a cluster of 18th-century buildings that once functioned as a threshing barn, dairy and stables for a farm in More

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Emrys Architects creates six homes in converted Covent Garden warehouses

London studio Emrys Architects has converted a pair of warehouses in London’s Covent Garden into apartments, including a pair of penthouses slotted underneath the original pitched roof (+ slideshow). The four-storey Grade II-listed warehouse buildings were originally designed in 1897 and are situated down a side street almost directly opposite the Royal Opera House. The buildings initially […]

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Estudio Valdés reuses roof and structure of a derelict barn to build House at Lake Ranco

Trusses salvaged from an earthquake-damaged barn support the roof of this contemporary glass-walled summer cottage on the shores of one of Chile’s largest lakes (+ slideshow). Brothers Carlos Ignacio Cruz Elton and Alberto Cruz Elton of Santiago firm Estudio Valdés Arquitectos designed the building as a holiday retreat for their families in a forest that extends along the […]

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Ronald Janssen turns derelict Amsterdam factory into 12 back-to-back residences

Dutch firm Ronald Janssen Architecten collaborated with architect Donald Osborne to overhaul an old gearwheel factory in the heart of Amsterdam, creating 12 maisonettes with double-height living spaces (+ slideshow). Architects Ronald Janssen and Donald Osborne were invited by developer Buro Amsterdam to revote the factory, which was formerly used for making gearwheels – the […]

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Pleysier Perkins transforms a former warehouse into a private urban residence in Melbourne

A full-height window and a projecting seating nook interrupt the facade of this suburban Melbourne house created by local studio Pleysier Perkins in a former warehouse (+ slideshow). The property is located in a vibrant bohemian neighbourhood in the heart of the Australian city’s Northcote suburb. The single-storey warehouse building had been converted into a featureless two-storey medical […]

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Housing at old Bordeaux submarine base boasts climate-controlled atrium filled with gardens

An old submarine base in Bordeaux provided the site for this docklands housing complex by Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés, where homes and gardens are arranged on either side of a glazed atrium (+ slideshow). The project is located in the French city’s Les Bassins à Flot district, which was designated as a UNESCO World […]

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Private art gallery by Stonewood Design cantilevers into a 17th-century Cotswolds barn

This glazed house-shaped gallery sits within an old barn in a English village without appearing to touch the floor, the thick stone walls or the timber-truss roof (+ slideshow). Bath-based studio Stonewood Design – which today won a RIBA Award with its design for a garden cottage – was tasked with restoring a heritage-listed barn and house, and to create a gallery for the clients’ art collection. The […]

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Gianluca Gelmini inserts an angular iron staircase inside a medieval Italian fortress

A colossal iron staircase bursts through the medieval stone walls of this fortified tower in rural Italy and into a copper-clad extension, as part of a renovation by local studio Gianluca Gelmini (+ slideshow). The dilapidated 12th-century tower had sat empty for decades before its purchase by the local council of Villa d’Adda – a village near the Italian city of Bergamo – […]

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Scottish holiday home by WT Architecture masquerades as an old stone mill

The blackened timber walls of this family holiday home are hidden within the shell of an old stone mill in the Scottish countryside (+ slideshow). The old grain threshing mill forms part of Southside Steading, a collection of disused farm buildings that nestle into a hill overlooking a valley in the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh studio […]

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Thomas Kroeger creates a holiday home inside an old German cowshed

This 19th century barn in rural Germany has been remodelled into a holiday home and guest house, connected by a huge open hall featuring a network of original wooden trusses (+ slideshow). Berlin studio Thomas Kroeger Architekt was commissioned to convert one half of this 140-year-old barn in Uckermark – a small village north of Berlin – into a […]

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Haptic adds a pair of extensions to a Victorian home in west London

Slender batons of untreated larch cover two extensions erected in the garden of this semi-detached home in London, as part of a refurbishment and remodelling by architecture studio Haptic (+ slideshow). London-based Haptic added an open-plan kitchen and dining room in the first of two extensions to the rear of Highlever House, a two-storey Victorian property in west London. The second is a small guest […]

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Black glass box forms a reflective extension to a Victorian townhouse in Dublin

A small extension to the rear of this remodelled townhouse in Dublin is clad and roofed in panels of opaque black glass, designed by architectural studio Ailtireacht to reflect the building’s surroundings. Dublin-based Ailtireacht reconfigured the 18th-century house in Leinster Road, Dublin and added a single-storey extension that projects into the rear garden. Related story: Peter Pichler’s mirror-clad guesthouses are designed to be […]
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Old upholsterer’s workshop in London transformed into a narrow brick home

London studio Kirkwood McCarthy has renovated a derelict workshop in east London to create a brick house that is tacked onto the end of a narrow mews yard (+ slideshow). Named Winkley Workshop, the three-storey house is owned by Fiona Kirkwood of Kirkwood McCarthy and her fiancé. It extends from a typical street of brick terraced houses into […]
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Converted barn by Lynch Architects includes a traditional “Norfolk winder stair”

What appears to be a cupboard is actually a staircase leading up to a tiny loft bedroom in this 18th-century barn in Norfolk, England, that Lynch Architects has converted into a holiday home (+ slideshow). London-based Lynch Architects carried out the renovation whilst also refurbishing an accompanying cottage. Related story: Nash Baker’s Bourne Lane house […]
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Featherstone Young converts board-game factory into apartments and artists’ studios

A black box looms over the rusty steel facade of this former board-game factory in north London that architecture studio Featherstone Young has converted into a complex of artists’ studios and apartments (+ slideshow). The old 450-square-metre factory building sits on a narrow mews in Stoke Newington – a stone’s throw away from Dezeen’s offices – and is the former home […]
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West Architecture guts a Georgian townhouse and rebuilds with industrial fittings

Behind the Georgian facade of a dilapidated house and workshop in west London, West Architecture has slotted in a new residence that pairs industrial fittings with period details (+ slideshow). London studio West Architecture reconstructed and extended the mid-terrace home and workshop to create the new Fitzrovia House. The original building had been bomb-damaged during the Second World War, resulting in […]
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Teatum+Teatum squeezes a new flat into the top of two Victorian homes

Architects Tom and James Teatum have reshuffled the upper-floor layout of two houses in west London to create a pair of double-fronted flats – one spread across the second floor and another squeezed beneath the newly extended rafters (+ slideshow). London-based Teatum+Teatum created Apartment 008 and 009 by extending and reorganising the upper parts of two adjoining properties, on the bend […]
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Single concrete leg props a staircase inside converted Primrose Hill garage by Patalab

A tapered column of cast concrete supports the underside of a dark oak staircase inside one of the residences that occupies this converted London garage by Patalab Architecture (+ slideshow). Tucked away in a courtyard between railway lines and a Victorian terrace, The Gables comprises a two-storey family home and two studio apartments, created by London-based […]
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TAKA overhauls old Dublin garage to create more living space for Waterloo Lane house

A street-facing window replaces a rolling shutter at the front of this former garage in a Dublin mews building, which local architecture office TAKA has converted to create extra space for an existing house. The 1990s mews on a street called Waterloo Lane in the city’s Donnybrook suburb features a row of houses that are typically fronted […]
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Home of Charles Dickens illustrator converted by Sevil Peach into an artist’s studio

Architecture studio Sevil Peach has overhauled a house once owned by Victorian painter and illustrator Frederick Barnard to create an artist’s residence boasting period features and a patio-side bathtub. The Grade-II listed brick building is one of a cluster of artist’s houses constructed in 1873 for Barnard, whose best known work includes drawings for nine Charles Dickens novels published between 1871 […]
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FCC Arquitectura slots family home within stone walls of dilapidated farmhouse

The white walls of this modern family home by FCC Arquitectura nestle behind the deteriorated stone facade of a former farmhouse and granary in northern Portugal (+ slideshow). Local studio FCC Arquitectura gutted two farm buildings in the Porto municipality of Felgueiras to free up space for the new two-storey home, named Casa RM. Related story: Rural […]
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