A designer from the Netherlands turned a grain bunker into a small residential house

Not every resident of our planet can afford to buy our own housing. However, there is a way out of this situation: you can create a house from an existing object, which is not required for so much – desire and fantasy with very small financial costs.

That is exactly what the graduate of the Academy of Design Eindhoven (Netherlands) Stella Van Birs did, turning the grain bunker presented to her into a cozy two -story dwelling with a living room and a bedroom called Silo Living.

The idea arose after meeting with a local farmer who was engaged in the sale of grain silage. After Stella told him about her plans, he gave her a bunker for free.


The height of an unusual house is 7 meters. Fresh painting, double cut doors and windows, as well as an observation deck in the upper part with a glazed hatch, differ from the previous grain bunker. Steps are mounted for entering the house.

It is worth a reservation right away, there is practically no free “extra” space in the house, and it is not intended for permanent residence, due to the lack of a water supply, electricity and reliable thermal insulation. But Silo Living fully meets the requirements of the laws of the Netherlands on “shelters for tourists”, which means that it can be leased.


The first floor is occupied by the living room, where there are cabinets for households and clothes. A small ladder leads to the bedroom on the second floor, where a bed of 2 x 1.2 m.

Stella Van Birs has already introduced her brainchild at the week of Dutch design last year at the graduation show of the Academy of Design.


Source &#8212 Stella van Beers

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