When existing homes contain awkward and cramped room arrangements, knocking down walls to create more open floor plans can work wonders.
Designer Peter Fehrentz hired local builders to rip out every interior wall they could from his Berlin apartment, creating an open-plan kitchen, living room, and dining area that feels gracious despite its compact size. Photo by Peter Fehrentz.
Designer Jaime Hayon tore out walls from his late-18th-century flat in Valencia to create a spacious, open-plan layout, which he then filled with vintage finds and his own designs and prototypes. Photo by Nienke Klunder.
The main area of a Milwaukee house combines the living room, dining room, and kitchen into one space, transforming the cave-like, 1970s bi-level into a modern home fit for entertaining. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
Despite the sorry state of this Bratislava apartment, architect Lukáš Kordík “had a feeling it could be easily turned into a cozy and open space.” By removing a few walls and emphasizing the 1930s flat’s existing rough-hewn charm, he’s done just that.