A home built in a former cement factory in Barcelona, Spain.
Sometimes the most creative ideas come not from pure inspiration, but from problem solving. Having obstacles and limitations forces innovative thinking that can lead to pure design magic. So, I suspect, was the case when the owners of these structures, from a church to a cow stable, decided to turn them into homes.
Flavorwire compiled a collection of these unusual homes - all are beautiful. I love how each home was designed around the existing elements and keeps the flavor of its former life. There's a famous Chinatown punk club loft with funky red walls and even a cement factory which embraces the industrial feel with looming (and luckily unused) equipment. It's a lovely homage to buildings that have already lived one life and are now home to another generation and purpose.
Check out these and more re-imagined homes at Flavorwire.
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