In Denver, a historic former flour mill contains an open-plan apartment that's perfect for entertaining. Architect Dave Robb preserved many of the building's native features while countering them with additions like custom stained oak cabinetry and White Macauba quartzite countertops.
Architect Julien De Smedt was unafraid to leave some of the industrial features that remained in his converted loft apartment in a former warehouse in Brussels. De Smedt's fondness for brutalist aesthetics resulted in a generous usage of concrete, which is tempered by the home's ample sunlight. “It puzzles me why more people aren’t into concrete—it’s the most practical material. It’s warm, if you do it right," he notes.
A floating chain of lamps leads visitors into the airy living room in this massive, light-filled home in Umbria, Italy, which was fashioned from a 200-year-old factory.
Architects William Neburka and Carrie Strickland helped a couple in Portland, Oregon, turn a former warehouse and auto repair shop into a spacious live-work space. The structure's elevated bowstring trusses and 11 skylights help keep the interior bright, and a central glass atrium containing a vine maple tree and hammock remains open to the outdoors.
Subway tile walls and copper windows evoke the gritty past of this home inside a 100-year-old Chicago switching station, while a new stainless steel kitchen island and wall of IKEA storage provide a more modern feel.