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A vast Budapest weapons factory is converted into a home by A+Z Design Studio

Hungarian design duo A+Z have transformed a 100-year-old factory tower in Budapest into a home, complete with an attic swimming pool.

The studio – formed by production designer and architect Attila F. Kovács and art director Zsuzsa Megyesi – completely renovated the 600-square-metre Loft 19 space, which was built as a weapons factory in 1913.

Original structural features and the building’s iron doors were retained, while beams have been repurposed as shelving. The fourth floor of the factory houses a sauna, gym and library, as well as a swimming pool converted from a concrete water tank.

Courtesy of AZ Design Studio
Courtesy of AZ Design Studio

The pair have described the experience of living there as ‘like [being] plunged into the world of Sin City or the science fiction movie Metropolis.’

Furniture and pieces collected by A+Z from flea markets and antique shops fill the four-storey building, which is a protected industrial monument. The duo also created furniture for the space, including a black lounge chair covered in strips of fabric taken from their Gypsy collection.

Courtesy of AZ Design Studio
Courtesy of AZ Design Studio

In contrast with the open spaces of much of the building, the bedroom was created with a ‘boudoir-like’ feel, using bolder colours and patterned wallpaper.

[Via Design Milk]

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