Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

What was, during the 1960s a mid-century office in Antwerp came to be, nowadays, a modern penthouse. How did this happen? Well, this amazing home makeover was carried out by the Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft and the result was a two-story penthouse with a stunning view over the city.

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Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

The penthouse, which sits atop a steel- and glass-fronted office building, was designed by Verstuyft as both a home and office for himself, thus staying true to the building’s first use.

Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

Being a two-story residence, the architect took upon himself the construction of an indoor/open-air courtyard, which makes the house feel more open and airy.

Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

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Verstuyft describes the lower floor as his home office. It is mostly taken up by a large office space, a meeting room and a workshop.

Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

The living room, much like all gathering spaces, sits on the penthouse’s second floor and was thought to be a very minimalist and clean space. It features a small library, very inviting for a cozy evening with a nice book.

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Home Makeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

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Verstuyft finished the minimal interior with traditional elements such as lime-washed walls, bronze anodized aluminum window frames and brass detailing that would create a “non-office building atmosphere”.

HomeMakeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

HomeMakeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

The architect chose sandstone in the kitchen for the countertop and shelving, and American walnut for the drawers.

HomeMakeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

HomeMakeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

“These are old materials used as new, and they match the 1966 age of the building,” Verstuyft said.

Both the kitchen and the library also feature open fireplaces in recesses in the walls.

HomeMakeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

When Verstuyft designed the penthouse he projected and then proceeded to install on the rooftop a 3.5-by-3.5-metre counterflow pool.

The head architect of the project said that “while you’re swimming, you have a view over the whole city, swimming in the direction of the cathedral. Next to it is a small solarium. Le Corbusier would have been jealous.

HomeMakeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern PenthouseHomeMakeover: Mid-Century Office Transformed Into a Modern Penthouse

The façade of the building has been kept untouched, which ended up working amazingly with the renewed modern interior!

Photos © Hans Verstuyft

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