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From city ruin to modern gem

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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With their expertise and knowledge, architecture firm Szturhärter Architekten in Cologne, have renovated this derelict home into a modern marvel. With a focus on contemporary design trends, a beautiful home with loft-like charm has been created in the bustling heart of Cologne. This project is a perfect example of how an old home can be given a second chance at life if it's in the hands of the right people! Take a tour with us and become inspired!

The exterior

At first glance, the house looks fairly simple and doesn't jut out as anything spectacular from the streetscape. However, it blends into the context and style of the adjoining buildings, retaining the look and feel of the area. The only thing that deviates from the neighbouring properties is the sleek black render, giving us a bit of a hit that something beyond the norm lies behind this façade.  In the next image, before we jump into the completed interior fit out, we will look at a picture that shows the state the building was in prior to renovation to give you some background.

Old vs. new

  by SzturArchitekten GmbH
SzturArchitekten GmbH

Bestand vor dem Umbau

SzturArchitekten GmbH

Making a short trip into the past, we can see the terrible state the home was in. Thanks to the woodwork, walls and plumbing, this doesn't look much like a home, resembling more a shed or barn. Given you've seen what it was, you'll now be totally shocked by the outcome below!

The living room

Here we see the wonderful finished result in the living room—a huge, open plan space that contains a urban and rustic atmosphere. Rectangular cut outs pay homage to the past, giving us a glimpse into the previous life of the building. The industrial pendant lights further emphasise the loft-like character, helping the space to simply ooze with minimalistic charm.

The dining room

The kitchen, dining and living room are not separated like they were in the previous situation, now, they are open to each other in a fluid and open plan nature. Thanks to the removal of cumbersome partitioning walls, the space now feels airy and spacious. Just imagine a long dinner or lunch with friends around this table, with the kitchen in direct access to aid the host in food and drink transportation—what more could you want?!

The kitchen

Everyone wants a beautiful and practical kitchen, and those words have certainly been embodied in this space. The centre of the kitchen gleams in glossy white, with its compact size fitting perfectly into the dimensions and constraints of the room. To retain the sleek, minimalist feel, almost all the surfaces are white, with subtle highlights of grey appearing in the benchtop, skirting and appliances. Creating an ethereal glow is the large skylight above, dispersing a constant flow of natural light into the room.

To see another stellar loft-style home, check out the following ideabook: Before & after: Modern loft transformation.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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