When faced with a derelict former cattle-fodder factory colonized by pigeons, not many people would immediately embrace it as their future family home. Yet interior architects Renaud de Poorter and Femke Holdrinet saw the potential of the unloved building immediately and recast this old Belgian factory as a playful family home.
When Cruickshank’s, a beloved Toronto flower bulb distributor, shuttered its doors in 2001, the owners left behind a three-story home and warehouse with a rich history. While converting the two buildings into a single cohesive home, the history of the site served as inspiration. In the interior courtyard, backlighting transforms this 16-foot Cor-Ten steel light fixture into an image of super-sized tulips, a nod to Cruickshank’s history.
Brod Hart’s home in London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood is hidden away on a quiet street. But behind the large steel doors that shield it from view stands what used to be a stable, and later a piano factory. Finally, the building was converted to a wheelchair-accessible private residence.
Amy and Brandon Phillips own a 65,000-square-foot 19th-century factory in Geneva, New York, where they live and run Miles & May Furniture Works. The bathroom clearly evokes the building’s industrial bones.
This former tavern in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood boasts a roof garden replete with turbines and solar panels, as well as 15 geothermal wells sunk underground.
Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a pair of urbanite gearheads and their bevy of cars and motorcycles.
Before its renovation and restoration, Kim Colin and Sam Hecht’s home in London’s Primrose Hill neighborhood served time as a mechanic’s garage. Original elements such as the curved glass windows, added in the 1930s, remain, as does the original parquet floor.
Architect Piers Taylor's renovation of an old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization, one that takes advantage of everything its storybook setting has to offer.