A Swedish City Apartment in a Converted Car Workshop

Do you live in a city? With 56% leading urban lives the chances are high! We all know that high density populations mean rent / house prices can be high, and in many cities new dwellings are carved out from old businesses. Warehouses, factories, bars and even a welding plant have been repurposed into houses, flats and maisonettes - and the history of the building adds an entirely new dimension to the interior. 

In Vasastan, Stockholm an old car workshop has been transformed into a beautiful street level apartment. Great big doors that open out onto the street and polished concrete floors unlock the secret to its past life while a white wood floor, beautiful kitchen and floor to ceiling shelving provide clues for its new life as a contemporary home.  Step this way for the tour! 

When the double doors are closed the frosted glass means only a small amount of light flows through to the living room, something that large mirrors help to counter. 

Contrast in the form of dark blue cabinets add interest to the space. 

Warm wood shelving and concrete floors add an interesting contemporary touch to the space. 

Floor to ceiling wardrobes in the bedroom provide plenty of storage and help to create a clean and contemporary look. I love how grey has been used on the cabinet doors and back door, breaking up the white. 


Glossary; vardagsrum - living room, kök - kitchen, sovrum - bedroom, bad rum - bathroom. 

What a really cool urban home! I love the way it's been decorated. 

I wonder how practical having doors open out to the street like this would be in most cities around the world? In Stockholm it could definitely work on a warm summer's day like today, in fact I can already hear the music floating out from the transparent speaker and the buzz of the city life outside. 

Do you think this would work in your city? 


Photography and floor plan courtesy of Historsika Hem


  1. Very charming, especially love the kitchen and the bedroom. Caveat: what is a bicycle doing hanging over the dining table? Does not seem clean.

  2. I love the novel approach and vision to create such an artful home from what had been an industrial building. It is beautiful, streamlined and artful. As you said, very cool! I like the way it looks with the doors open, but I would probably choose to limit the occasions for doing so. I think I would feel vulnerable.

  3. Wow -- so clever and gorgeous to boot! The designer was very sure handed. I'd love to know more about the wooden book shelves and the chairs flanking the bed...

  4. Very cool indeed! The bedroom is the only room that looks like a lot of other postings. I like how this is different and very interesting.

  5. No way, doors that open to the street!!!! Also find placement of master bathroom strange, not really liking the configuration.

  6. Love the way they've utilized the space in this re-purposed building! Razing old buildings to make room for new is still du jour, unfortunately, but the U.S. is progressing and they are snapped up when available. And thank you for including the layouts, when you can. It really helps tell the complete story. :)

  7. This is a lovely apartment and well thought out. I love the blue kitchen. I have lived in suburbia, a country village, central London and central Dublin. Although I appreciate the countryside I much prefer city living. Now that we are oldsters living in Nice is more sensible for us.

  8. Love the creativity! Does anyone know where the long wood bookshelves are from?


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