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1950s Ambulance Station Becomes Sleek Summer Home

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Architects the world over seem to find ways of turning even the oddest building types—from sewer pipes to grain silos and many, many things in between—into sleek modern homes. London interior architecture firm Marta Nowicka & Co follows suit, converting this former redbrick, circa-1950s ambulance station in the English town of Rye (about 63 miles south of the English capital) into a family’s four-bedroom vacation home.

Called St. John’s Rye, the ambulance station, according to Dezeen, sits in a walled compound beside a Georgian-style dwelling that has been bestowed a Grade II historic designation in the U.K. The original station itself has a double-gabled roof, under which designers at Marta Nowicka carved out an open-plan common area (including a kitchen, and living and dining rooms) and added a level to make way for bedrooms.

In addition to the prevalent brick, the interiors of the elegantly swanky, renovated space also include oak floors and whitewashed walls. Simple metal shelving, a clean-lined stair with a rope balustrade, and other minimalist finishes and fixtures help round out the more luxe touches, like Carrara marble countertops in the kitchen and more. Check out the full tour over at Dezeen.