Eight home interiors that make a feature of exposed services

Our latest lookbook showcases eight home interiors that make a visual statement by revealing their services, including wires, cables, ducts and plumbing.

Stripping back interiors can expose services including pipework that runs along walls and ceilings to provide heating, water, electricity and airflow to our homes.

This roundup features homes with industrial and unfinished appearances that make a feature of exposed services, including a Parisian studio that uses copper pipework as hanging space and a stripped-back apartment in Brazil with blue-painted pipes.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring Milanese home and hotel interiors, living rooms decorated in the primary colours and terracotta-tiled kitchens.

Gale Apartment living room with brown lounge chairs and concrete walls
Photo is by Fran Parente

Gale Apartment, Brazil, by Memola Estudio

Brazilian studio Memola Estudio renovated this São Paulo apartment to better suit the owner’s tastes, stripping back finishes on the walls and ceilings to expose the building’s concrete structure, piping, wiring and ductwork.

The studio contrasted the industrial look of the apartment with warm, earthy-toned furniture and contemporary artwork.

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ARL008_Shaker Studio by Ariel Claudet with exposed copper wires
Photo is by Cyrille Lallement

Shakers Studio, France, by Ariel Claudet

A network of copper pipes snakes around the perimeter of this studio apartment in a 17th-century Parisian building, which architect Ariel Claudet added to make it stand out on Airbnb.

Informed by traditional Shaker peg rails, the pipes conceal electrical cables and double as a hanging rail to display ornaments and household items.

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Kitchen with exposed services at the RF Apartment by SuperLimão with peach ceilings and concrete walls
Photo is by Maíra Acayaba

RF Apartment, Brazil, by SuperLimão

Located inside a modernist São Paulo building completed in 1958, Brazilian studio SuperLimão exposed the pipes in the RF Apartment and painted them a pale shade of blue-green that was in keeping with the period the building was constructed.

SuperLimão also painted the ceiling a burnt pink colour and peeled back the edges of the entryways to reveal large chunks of plaster and brick.

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Interior of the open-plan kitchen with exposed services at NZ10 Apartment in Spain by Auba Studio with wood cabinets
Photo is by José Hevia

NZ10 Apartment, Spain, by Auba Studio

Spanish architecture firm Auba Studio transformed a former bakery in Palma into an apartment, stripping back the interior to reveal the building’s high ceilings and bare structure.

Auba Studio added a stainless steel kitchen island to complement the industrial look of the exposed ductwork and light fittings.

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Exposed services, wiring, plumbing and plaster walls at the 10K House by Takk
Photo is by José Hevia

10K House, Spain, by Takk

10K House is a 50-square-metre Barcelona apartment that Spanish studio Takk renovated, adding rooms nestled inside one another to maximise insulation.

Water pipes and electrical fittings were left exposed to allow free passage between the Russian-doll-like rooms and to keep material costs down.

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Wooden table and chair and exposed services inside the De Lakfabriek by Wenink Holtkamp Architecten
Photo is by Tim van de Velde

De Lakfabriek apartments, the Netherlands, by Wenink Holtkamp Architecten

Eidenhoven studio Wenink Holtkamp Architecten converted a 20th-century factory in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands, into apartments that maintain the industrial character of the building.

The apartments have an open-plan layout with the building’s raw concrete structure, metal ductwork and wiring left visible.

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Fluorescent rotating partition walls revealing a freestanding bathtub in a concrete apartment
Photo is by Takumi Ota

Fishmarket, Japan, by Ab Rogers Design

Fishmarket is an artist’s studio and residence in Kanazawa, Japan, with an interior that was stripped back to its industrial shell by London-based studio Ab Rogers Design.

The studio added a series of fluorescent rotating partition walls that transform how the space is used and add bright pops of colour that stand in contrast against the grey concrete and metal pipework.

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Open-plan kitchen with concrete ceiling and brick wall at Earthrise Studio by Studio McW
Photo is by Lorenzo Zandri

Earthrise Studio, UK, by Studio McW

London-based architecture practice Studio McW transformed this London warehouse into a studio and office that enhances the building’s original features.

The practice removed some of the redundant overhead services that were restricting the ceiling height. The remaining exposed services add to the industrial look of the property, while custom oak joinery adds warmth to the spaces.

Find out more about Earthrise Studio ›

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring Milanese home and hotel interiors, living rooms decorated in the primary colours and terracotta-tiled kitchens.

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