Design The grain silo transformed into a house
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The grain silo transformed into a house

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Giulia Guido

Do you remember those children’s books in which the protagonists lived in objects transformed into houses? I remember drawings of boots, nuts, mushrooms and dozens and dozens of other things converted into small dwellings. Basically, that’s exactly what Stella van Beers has done with her Silo Living

Stella van Beers is a young designer who recently graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Stella van Beers has recently completed her personal project of converting a grain silo into a house.  

Her idea stems from the large number of unused silos in the Netherlands and the difficulty of disposing of these structures, which are often simply abandoned to the ravages of time. Finding a silo was not at all difficult for Stella van Beers, who found one online. 

First of all, the designer had to add an entrance door and a system for reaching it: to get to the entrance, a spiral staircase and a bridge were built, becoming a space that unites outside and inside.

Once inside, the 7 metre height of the silo was divided into two floors, a lower one dedicated to the living area and an upper one, reached by a small staircase, which is entirely occupied by a mattress.
For both floors, Stella van Beers also had to make windows, both to recycle the air and to take advantage of natural light. 

Silo Living is a living solution for small trips and for people looking for a place to rest for a few hours without giving up contact with nature. 

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Written by Giulia Guido
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