Another take on the idea of an “unfinished” home emerged when a consortium called deFlat came up with a plan to save the Kleiburg apartment building in Amsterdam from being bulldozed.

Future residents could buy the shell for an extremely low price and then renovate it entirely according to their own wishes. A further ambition was to open up more options by combining two flats (or more) into one by making vertical and horizontal connections.

At first, there was uncertainty with regards to people’s perception of the unfinished apartments, but it turned out to be a great success. Today, Kleiburg houses a diverse selection of residents with apartments ranging from having the bare minimum to designed interiors.

Photos courtesy of Stijn Brakkee,