This Modern Minimal Home Used to Be a Rusty Cargo Ship
You don’t have to worry about getting your sea legs under you to enjoy living aboard this vintage cargo ship-turned-gorgeous modern home. This lovely abode for the land-bound is the design handiwork of Amsterdam firm ANA architecten, which took on this unique renovation at the request of the ship’s owner.
ANA architecten transformed the original 1957 ship by shortening it so that it could fit the dock space. The vessel’s interior also underwent a complete makeover, and the result is a standout example of nautical style done right.
A set of stairs leads down to the home’s glass-encased main door, which grants a sneak peek of the spacious open kitchen and living room floor plans. Wooden cabinetry lines the walls of the kitchen, and an island with a sink and generous storage space further accentuates the area. Portholes and large clerestory windows that frame the white-walled interior invite in plenty of natural light while providing views to the Dutch captial’s surrounding canals. A patioed terrace sits in the middle of the space, functioning as a pretty cool hangout spot as well as an additional natural light source.
The wheelhouse doubles as a second living room that boasts even more windows than the original structure. The area’s old single-glass, aluminum-frame windows were upgraded to double-glazed handmade mahogany frames. The master bedroom is perfect for those who prefer their boat lifestyle with a fair amount of privacy. The space is equipped with its own bathroom, pantry and small sitting area. Additionally, the concrete flooring is heated with a low-temperature floor heating system that functions by way of an air-water heat pump that uses the heat from the air to spread warmth throughout the home.
As Inhabitat points out, something that sets this cargo ship conversion apart from other restored houseboats projects are its sight lines, which run the entire length of the ship and continue across different levels.