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Rental of the week: a converted dairy plant in Germany

A turn-of-the-century dairy plant has been given a new lease of life as a pair of vacation homes in the village of Gelting, Germany.

Designer Sönke Martensen turned the former milk processing factory – built in 1899 as a co-operative – into two minimalist holiday apartments, dubbed Appartments 13.

Interiors take inspiration from the building’s industrial past: white polished floors are teamed with pale walls and flashes of exposed concrete, while tall ceilings amplify the feeling of space.
Vintage mid-century furniture dots the property’s rooms and billowing white curtains add an ethereal touch.

Apartment 1 – which sleeps up to four people – has a wood-burning fireplace and is the larger of the two, at around 140 sq m.

Courtesy of Studio Sönke Martensen
Courtesy of Studio Sönke Martensen

The tiny 45 sq m Apartment 2 is designed as a couple’s retreat. Its distinctive features include beamed ceilings and giant pivoting glass doors that open onto a private deck overlooking the Schleswig-Holstein countryside.

Both dwellings have access to a sauna, spring water plunge pool and relaxation room.

See Urlaubsarchitektur for more.

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