Entering this old loft via a cobbled courtyard, from the city of Düsseldorf, Germany, the rawness of the buildings original materials strikes you, with harsh bare brick face stacked in heavy columns. The owners of this 600 sq m minimalist-industrial space, have a strong passion for design and architecture, and so set a great challenge for architect Bruno Erpicum of agency AABE Erpicum & Partners, to offer a unique solution that would magnify the heritage of one of World War II’s rare ruins.
The interior walls are also left completely crude, with new divisions picked out in simple pure white, in a stripped down scheme devoid of frivolous accessories or overpowering accents.
The designer embarked upon a minimalist result to allow the original pilasters to parade proudly, and created bespoke furniture in-keeping with the stark palette.
Many may see the finished styling as lacking for such a vast area–admittedly it doesn’t look like the coziest or most cheerful place you could snuggle up in on an evening–but the designer has certainly succeeded in his goal of exaggerating the powerful feel of the raw materials, and staying true to the projects historical roots.
The warehouse conversion sparked an interesting plan to allow light to penetrate into central living spaces from each side; to create dramatic effect and brighten the core, a shiny glass facade stands independently of the structure, contrasting with ancient walls and preserving the history.