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A Warehouse in Brussels Becomes a Modern Loft
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SHSH Architecture + Scenography took an old storage warehouse in Brussels and turned one floor of it into a modern loft with an art studio for a family with three children. Working with a limited budget, their goal was to incorporate plenty of textures and colors, as well as architectural details and a blend of the old with the new. Plus, there’s a swing!

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The design team was inspired by the ocean since the loft itself was so large. Within that large, open space, they planned three, island-like volumes to house the bedrooms, the kitchen, and the bathrooms. The three separate “islands” were designed with different textures and colors, and were placed against the walls to leave a large open space near the windows.

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The bedroom volume is clad in wood and has built-in bookshelves and closets for storage.

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The master bedroom is housed behind sliding glass doors that benefit from the office’s workspace’s windows.

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A massive bookcase was built during the second phase of construction to accommodate the family’s changing needs. They shelves now disguise a new bedroom for one of the children.

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The green volume houses the kitchen and laundry room in a dull green color. Beyond that, the red tone references the bathroom and technical room.

Photos by Olivier Chenoix.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.