The German architecture firm DIIIP transformed a former rubber factory in Cologne, Germany to this modern loft apartment, where Dinesen Douglas plank floors bring a softer tone to the raw expression.
Residence – Nippes, Cologne, Germany
Architect – DIIIP
Photographer – Annika Feuss
Thickness: 28 mm. Width: 300 mm. Length: 2–5 m.
Finish: lye and white oil
It took a true visionary and more than a little audacity to create a modern urban dwelling in a former factory building. Jochen Reetz of the German architecture firm DIIIP was commissioned to create a total design concept for the 170-square-metre home, located in the Nippes district in Cologne.
In a close collaboration the owner and DIIIP decided to restructure the building, which had previously been divided into smaller units, and create a more open floor plan. The result is a bright, airy home that offers a calm refuge with room for privacy in the heart of the bustling city.
Staying true to the factory building’s original structure and materials, Reetz used industrial features in steel, glass and concrete throughout the flat. Still, he wanted to give the new space a soothing, gentle atmosphere. His vision was to create a home with a timeless, streamlined, minimalist expression.