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Eight basement residences which can be subterranean sanctuaries

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On this lookbook, we choose eight residences that show basements are the brand new penthouses, from an artwork deco flat in Paris to a sci-fi-style hideaway in Madrid.

Usually related to restricted area and poor pure mild, basement properties haven’t at all times been notably coveted.

However because the world’s cities get dearer, busier and warmer, below-ground dwelling could be a comparatively reasonably priced, personal and temperate possibility.

Beneath are eight of one of the best basement residences beforehand featured on Dezeen.

That is the newest in our lookbooks collection, which gives visible inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For extra inspiration see earlier lookbooks that includes cave-like interiors, residential entrance halls and pocket doorways.


Photograph by Jim Stephenson

Unearthed Vault, UK, by Daab Design

Structure studio Daab Design turned a former artwork storage vault in London right into a two-bedroom basement flat.

Georgian interval options had been meticulously restored as a part of the renovation and paired with a soothing color palette of lotions, greens and blues, turning what was beforehand a darkish and cramped inside into a contemporary dwelling area.

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Interiors of The Whale apartment in Paris designed by Clément Lesnoff-Rocard
Photograph by Simone Bossi

The Whale, France, by Clément Lesnoff-Rocard

The Whale takes its title from the massive structural components that punctuate this house within the basement of a Parisian condo constructing, which reminded architect Clément Lesnoff-Rocard of being inside an unlimited animal.

Lesnoff-Rocard stripped again the condo to disclose the chunky concrete beams, whereas in depth mirrored glass, brass and geometric shapes inject an understated sense of artwork deco.

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Yurikago House by Mas-aqui
Photograph by José Hevia

Yurikago Home, Spain, by Mas-aqui

Structure studio Mas-aqui used half-levels in its renovation of this semi-basement condo in Barcelona to maximise area.

The beforehand unused backside stage was excavated to create a staircase right down to a brand new visitor bed room that includes a structural arch above the mattress and an exposed-concrete retaining wall.

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Point Supreme Athens apartment
Photograph by by Yiannis Hadjiaslanis (additionally prime)

Ilioupoli Residence, Greece, by Level Supreme

Sunken into the bottom on the backside of an condo constructing in Athens, this small, one-bedroom flat was beforehand a cupboard space.

Level Supreme sought to retain the inside’s “magical-cave-like” feeling by leaving uncooked concrete surfaces uncovered and utilizing flooring finishes, curtains and sliding partitions relatively than partitions to separate the area.

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House H in Taiwan designed by KC Design Studio
Photograph by Hey! Cheese

Home H, Taiwan, by KC Design Studio

The basement of Home H in Taipei leans into its underground setting with a darkish and moody color palette supplied by concrete flooring, loosely rendered gray plaster partitions and black or gray fixtures and fittings.

To filter extra pure mild and contemporary air into the basement, KC Design Studio carved a number of openings into the ceiling, accommodating a staircase and an indoor courtyard.

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Apartment Tibbaut by Raúl Sánchez
Photograph by José Hevia

Residence Tibbaut, Spain, by Raúl Sánchez

Architect Raúl Sánchez transformed a vaulted basement beneath a home in Barcelona right into a subterranean condo utilizing curving panels of laminated pine.

The partition curls round a central dwelling space, separating every of the rooms however stopping wanting the ceiling to make sure the constructing’s unique structure stays seen, in addition to permitting pure mild to unfold all through the area.

Discover out extra about Residence Tibbaut ›


Casa A12 by Lucas y Hernández-Gil
Photograph by José Hevia

Casa A12, Spain, by Lucas y Hernández-Gil

This semi-basement Madrid condo options enjoyable, Stanley Kubrick-esque options equivalent to shiny silver curtains, cobalt-blue accent partitions and an indoor courtyard with orange grass.

Lucas y Hernández-Gil designed the area to be a “world of labor and leisure” the place the owners can escape from the road above.

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One-room flat in Paris by Anne Rolland Architecte
Photograph by Jérôme Fleurier

Studio LI, France, by Anne Rolland Architecte

A secret room sits beneath this sunken studio condo created by Anne Rolland Architecte in a long-abandoned area in a Seventeenth-century Parisian townhouse.

Accessed by way of a mechanical trapdoor and granted pure mild by a window within the kitchen flooring, the previous slurry pit was restored to create a music room and residential cinema.

Discover out extra about Studio LI ›

That is the newest in our lookbooks collection, which gives visible inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For extra inspiration see earlier lookbooks that includes cave-like interiors, residential entrance halls and pocket doorways.

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