Inside A Spooky Abandoned Mansion


London urban explorer Andre Govia , after decided to start documenting his love of abandoned buildings, took photographs of a cold and creepy abandoned mansion in western Belgium, at the Round Mansion.

The tenants are long gone but the house is still occupied by expensive furniture and ornaments, the beds are made up, although the mansion didn’t have an occupant sleeping in its grand rooms for years.

“It was very cold and creepy, heavy damp air and noises from the wind made it seem so chilling.The most interesting part for me was the sheer size of the mansion.I couldn’t believe the nine bedrooms and large rooms were used by just the one family who lived here.”

Looks spooky now but I bet in its glory period it was fabulous.

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1938 Water House Transformed Into Incredible Home


The 30 meters water tower located in the small Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel was originally built between 1938 and 1941. Local businessman Patrick Mets hired Brussels based architecture firm Bham Design Studio in 2007 to convert the former water tower stood empty for the last decades, into a family house.

The entire exterior was restored to its original state but the inside was modified to a modern home. There are movable projectors and an advanced system that lets you control every aspect of the home.

Once you’re on the top floor you will have an awesome view. And yes, the hoyse has a cat too!

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Abandoned old cement factory turned into incredible home in Barcelona


The Cement Factory was discovered in 1973 in Barcelona by architect Ricardo Bofill, it was abandoned and partially in ruins. I had over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms; Ricardo bought it and began renovation works.

The Cement Factory would be used as architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, and exhibition space, an apartment for him, as well as guest rooms and gardens.

Not every part of the structure was kept in order to expose previously concealed structures. The landscape architecture was defined by planting various plants such as eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses; The renovation works lasted nearly two years.

When you walk in seems a magical place, each room changing in purpose, size, shape and character.

“To be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organized by man, to decipher the spontaneous movements and behavior of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history of architecture.” ( Ricardo Bofill )

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Fundamental Home Design Rules


Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explains the fundamentals of design in a popular BBC series. He brings into discussion real problems in real homes as he explores six themes: space, colour, light, texture and pattern, balance and order, and personality.

I think the videos will open your mind about most important design principles which I hope you will apply to your home design.

SPACE AND PLANNING

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Minimalistic cube structure for apartment storage


Storage space in a small apartment can be a real headache and every solution that can extend it is welcomed.

German designer Till Koenneker created The Living Cube which is a clever structure whose purpose is to be a place where you can store your things.

It has different functions, it is a walk-in closet, a media storage and has also a guest bed.

This is what the designer thinks about his project: “I moved into a apartment studio without storage room. So I made a minimalistic cube design with a shelf for my vinyl collection, my TV, clothes and shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside the cube is a lot of storage space.”

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