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An atmospheric houseboat hits the market in Amsterdam 

The hold of this former 1960s cargo ship in Amsterdam’s IJburg neighbourhood has been turned into a floating loft – complete with moody industrial stylings.

The minimalist design, instead of artificially lighting the space, embraces its low light levels and emphasises the feeling of being in the bowels of a boat. It has all-dark-grey steel walls, deliberately rusted metal fittings and steel and concrete flooring.

Atmospheric houseboat hits the market in Amsterdam 
Courtesy of Amsterdam Sotheby’s International Realty

The drama is accentuated by chiaroscuro: light filtering in from the houseboat’s windows look intensely bright against the dark interior in the three-bedroom property – for sale for €1.495 million via Amsterdam Sotheby’s International Realty. 

The main space – which serves as an art gallery and a reception room – is part steampunk submarine, part steelworks, with church-like proportions and a boiler-style fireplace.

Atmospheric houseboat hits the market in Amsterdam 
Courtesy of Amsterdam Sotheby’s International Realty
Atmospheric houseboat hits the market in Amsterdam 
Courtesy of Amsterdam Sotheby’s International Realty
Atmospheric houseboat hits the market in Amsterdam 
Courtesy of Amsterdam Sotheby’s International Realty
Atmospheric houseboat hits the market in Amsterdam 
Courtesy of Amsterdam Sotheby’s International Realty

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