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Copenhagen Warehouse Transformed Into Edgy Home With a Secret Garden

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An industrial garage becomes a picture-perfect photographer’s home

With exposed brick walls and oxidized steel accents, the look of this private home in Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge district was inspired by the building’s industrial past. Studio David Thulstrup transformed the former garage into a modern 5,350-square-foot home for photographer Peter Krasilnikoff.

Thulstrup’s design called for the retention of three of the building’s original, windowless brick walls with vertical hardwood slats screening the new fourth wall from the street. To bring natural light into the center of the home and accommodate Krasilnikoff’s request for an interior garden, the designers created a central three-story atrium filled with native Scandinavian plantings. Strategically placed mirrors bring in more light and provide an illusion of expansiveness.

"The atrium is the central green heart of the house," David Thulstrup told Dezeen.

But the rest of the home boasts equally attention-grabbing details, from the wood-paneled stair and mezzanine to the glass-enclosed office. The kitchen especially has a bold combination of textures: raw brick, blackened steel, concrete, and velvet—all surrounding a custom terrazzo island.

The roof holds another green space—a rooftop garden and lounge area providing an oasis in the city.