The Estel building in Nijmegen is one of the youngest municipal monuments in the Netherlands. After years of use as an office, it was decided to convert the building into an apartment building. Annette Bensdorp, interior designer at Delight of Living, realized a sleek, spacious loft in the former boardroom including a garden of 500 m2 in total.
Except for three walls and a glass-front was nothing fixed beforehand for the layout of the loft. Bensdorp designed in the 330 m2 apartment a bright, modern living room with kitchen area and a large work area. Furthermore, there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a walk-in closet which all have high windows of no less than 3.5 m.
The black doors in the walls are high and flat, with concealed hinges and magnetic locks. These fall away into the frame, revealing a tight wall. The whole has a modern and stylish look. For the door hardware is chosen for the sleek door handles 'Link' by Olivari, designed by the Italian architect Piero Lissoni. "We found the beautiful, sleek Olivari door handles in satin anthracite fit perfectly with the design of the loft. Sleek, subtle and warm" says Annette Bensdorp.
The Estel building has a skeleton of steel and glass. In 1977 it was completed as an office building with a for that time progressive design, equipped with many terraces, balconies and (roof-)gardens. In 2015 it was decided to convert the building into an apartment building. A total of 62 apartments have been realised, all of which differ in surface area and layout.