When architect Benedetta Tagliabue and her husband, the late architect Enric Miralles, began knocking down walls inside what was to become their new home, they discovered an original arch suspected to be a remnant of the city’s Roman past. They preserved this and other period elements, mixing old and new in their 18th-century Barcelona flat. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
Amy and Brandon Phillips of Miles and May Furniture Works preserved the worn-brick walls and industrial wooden joists when they transformed an old factory building in Geneva, New York into a live/work space. The workshop and showroom occupy the first floor, while the second floor houses the couple’s 1,700-square-foot apartment, a 6,000-square-foot event space, and a 4,000-square-foot letterpress studio. Photo by Ball & Albanese.
Architect Ben Bischoff retained the exposed brick on the interior of a Brooklyn brownstone, painting much of it white to help the space reflect sunlight. “There was an interest in having an open, more contemporary layout, but we still wanted some sense of living in this building that’s 100 years old,” Bischoff says. “That motivated us a lot to keep the brick. It’s a very subtle echo of what the house originally was.” Photo by Matthew Williams.