1. Bite from the ceiling
Frederick and Dimitri discover that a house with a garden is unsustainable in Brussels. They went looking for an innovative solution to create an outdoor space. The architects took a peek from the rooftop and designed a secret roof terrace with panoramic views of the capital.
2. Indoor skate park in your own backyard
Do-it-yourselfers Hanne and Jeff transformed an XL shed in their backyard into a multipurpose space with a woodworking workshop, guest house, and even an indoor skate park, Jeff’s childhood dream.
3. The doctor’s practice has become a warm home
Frederick Wallis transformed an old doctor’s office into an airy family home. The interior design is a successful combination of antique classics and contemporary design. “Our interior is an organic blend of inversions that we’ve found over the years.”
4. From the theater to the dream house
Julie and Stefan have found an ancient theater that breathes more than a century of history. The building also housed a boxing ring, a biscuit factory, and a flower studio. It turned out to be the couple’s dream home in an urban jungle. “We have a garden view in every room. As soon as the sun comes up, the windows open wide and we live outside.”
5. Built for the blind
He left the design entirely to the architects, a risk that turned out well for photographer Water van Vuren. To make the most of the limited floor space, they played with different sizes and levels. The result: a seven-story subdivided floor connected by a central staircase, the home’s architectural highlight.
6. Home grown at home
Steve Barron, director of the Michael Jackson films and David Bowie, among others, bought a farm in 2016 to grow the organic cannabis plant. Hemp has many uses, but Steve wanted to build a home with it. London-based Practice Architecture, which specializes in environmental construction, has developed a barn-look carbon-neutral villa in the Cambridgeshire countryside. Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like weed.
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