Converted Warehouse Follows Passive House Design |
Step Inside a Converted Warehouse With An Emphasis on Sustainability

Step Inside a Converted Warehouse With An Emphasis on Sustainability

‘As long as it’s gezellig, everything’s good!’

Written by –
Jess Ng
on January 14th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

Gezellig House


First came hygge, the danish concept of finding content in coziness; then we had Wabi Sabi, the Japanese art of imperfection; and now we have gezellig, a Dutch idea which refers to all things relaxing, enjoyable and gregarious. And here’s a home tour that embodies all this and more, with a sustainable twist. Welcome to the Gezellig House.

Simple interior of a converted warehouse with red LED lighting |

Upon first glance, what is most striking about the Gezellig House is the juxtaposition of the raw, stripped back design (an homage to the building’s warehouse heritage) and the intimate touches of home present in the books, art and other personal treasures scattered around the space. There’s a precise balance between function and industrial aesthetic which DiMase Architects, the brains behind this project, call a “testament to the gezellig ideal”.

Industrial-inspired living space of a converted warehouse with red neon 'Gezellig' sign |
White walled hallway of a converted warehouse |

The Gezellig House began life as a converted two-storey warehouse home in Melbourne’s inner-west. With its renovation, the home owners wanted the emphasis placed exclusively on sustainability. Specifically, they requested to follow the well-known European building standard Passive House (or PassivHaus), which aims to provide a comfortable internal environment while reducing household energy use by up to 90 per cent.

Industrial-inspired study and stairwell space of a converted warehouse |

For this to happen, DiMase Architects had to completely re-establish the home’s existing internal structure using quality energy solutions and lasting materials. The extent of work needed, however, ultimately meant that the project fell just shy of gaining official PassivHaus accredition.

Glass window detail of a converted warehouse |

Regardless, the Gezellig House was still able to achieve an impressive 7.1 star rating under the Australian NATHERS energy efficiency rating tool. This is chiefly thanks to the home’s innovative insulation system which features air tightness, triple glazed glass and thermal bridging.

Geometric yellow and white shelving in a converted warehouse |
Contemporary bathroom with gray tiled shower in a converted warehouse |

Design-wise, the ground floor and first floor function as two distinct spaces. Downstairs, a series of separated rooms house the private quarters, with three bedrooms, a study and a bathroom.

Exposed concrete staircase in a converted warehouse |

Of particular note here is the importance of lighting for both energy saving and atmospheric purposes. This floor adopts an LED lighting system which is adaptable, low energy and visually exciting (just look at that red neon gezellig sign!). The neon gives off a warm millenial pink glow, in its coziness.

Kitchen of a converted warehouse with open shelves and white subway tiles |
Dining space of a converted warehouse with an eclectic mix of furniture |

Upstairs opens up to a grand, expansive living area which boasts city views, daylight access and outdoor living. I especially love the eclectic mix of furniture in this space. The clashing colors and textures suggest a nonchalant and spontaneous design approach that’s very gezellig indeed.

Sun room of a converted warehouse with exposed brick wall |

Overall, in both design and sustainability, the Gezillig Home is impressive to say the least. On a hot 42 degrees Celsius summer day, the home’s maximum indoor temperature was 27 degrees – sans air conditioning or any kind of mechanical cooling.


With the energy saving thoroughly taken care of, DiMase Architects left just one thing for the home owners to occupy themselves with – making their lives as gezillig as possible.

What are your first impressions of the Gezellig House? Think we missed something? Let us know in the comments below.


Like what you see? Then you’re going to love this sustainable Santa Monica home which draws on nature for its design inspiration. Also make sure to check out this beautiful eco-friendly farmhouse set in the Italian countryside.


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