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January 21, 2015
How can you turn a planning office, a cow shed, a horse stable, or an old garage into a transcendent modern home? Check out these eight projects for inspiration.

French interior designer Florence Deau is transforming one of Royan’s emblematic modernist buildings, the former city planning office, built by the architect Yves Salier in 1952. On the top floor, she's carved out a three-bedroom vacation apartment for a local wine merchant that’s a tribute to the ambience and history of Royan itself.

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Le 205 Industrial Renovation by Atelier Moderno

While the building's pedigree sounded a little rough around the edges—an abandoned 1950s commercial building in Montreal's quickly changing Mile-Ex neighborhood—architects and designers Jean-Guy Chabauty and Chris Barrie felt they found a structure with grit and renovation potential. With their Le 205 project, the partners in Atelier Moderno made a minimalist intervention to an industrial cast-off, rehabbing the space with a rich material palate and custom furniture while keeping the industrial backbone of the brick structure intact. 

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Stéphane Groleau
Originally appeared in Le 205
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modern house in australia with corrugated metal cladding

Australian firm Carterwilliamson Architects converted a 19th-century cow shed into a residence that implements passive heating and cooling principles.

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Originally appeared in A Renovated House in Australia
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New Zealand home has double height ceiling with Moooi pendant lamps above the dining area

An architect reimagines an outdated brick garage by designing a graceful new family home atop its foundation, peeling off the roof of the garage and stripping the brick walls, adding large windows and a gable roof to create a second story in the eaves. 

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Originally appeared in This Former Garage Is Clutter Free
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Garage with shingled walls and a cedar deck

When Bill and Ruth True bought a second home, overlooking the shores of Puget Sound on picturesque Vashon Island, it came with a compact, detached wood garage-cum-toolshed. The multidisciplinary Seattle design firm Graypants reimagined the toolshed not strictly as a work of architecture, but as a creative project. “We said, ‘Take the garage. Just go,’” Bill says. “We’ve commissioned a lot of art through the years, and this felt like another piece of art to commission.”

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Originally appeared in A Former Garage Hosts the Best Parties
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Modern Belgian loft space.

Four years into his tenure at a former metal factory, revamped a decade ago by the architects BOB 361, architect Julien De Smedt, founder and principal of JDS Architects, finds himself more and more in his Belgian home while splitting time between Brussels, Copenhagen, and New York. In the open kitchen, De Smedt installed stainless steel rolling carts from Ikea to stand in as the kitchen island.

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Originally appeared in An Industrial Loft Fit for a Globetrotting Architect
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moden auburn bragg house kitchen living dining area

Architect David Hill, his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children have an unusual home by the standards of their college-town setting in Auburn, Alabama. Built in 1920, the industrial brick building has had previous incarnations as a church, a recycling center, and a pool hall, among others.

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Originally appeared in Family-Friendly Renovation of a Brick Warehouse in Alabama
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Once a horse stable, this Chicago house first got a superficial makeover from Oprah (we wonder whether Stedman likes modern) before architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang was called in for a more substantial renovation and a dazzlingly porous brick screen.

Once a horse stable, this Chicago house first got a superficial makeover from Oprah before architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang was called in for a more substantial renovation and a dazzlingly porous brick screen.

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Originally appeared in The Brick Weave House in Chicago
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royan treatment living room stone fireplace vintage new furnishings

French interior designer Florence Deau is transforming one of Royan’s emblematic modernist buildings, the former city planning office, built by the architect Yves Salier in 1952. On the top floor, she's carved out a three-bedroom vacation apartment for a local wine merchant that’s a tribute to the ambience and history of Royan itself.

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