There are designs that dazzle you with their sleek materials, or wow you with historic character, but few mixes of old and new manage to bridge the gap between these extremes. This residence in Amsterdam by BogermanDill is one of those beautiful exceptions.

The original building was designed for use as a printing press, with a wide-open plan, industrial I-beams, heavy-duty wood floors and brick walls all around – not exactly the model for a cozy future home.

The renovation left a good deal of the core structure intact, revealing it selectively across various levels, and also worked around large voids for maximum openness between floors.

Each added element looks like a new layer but manages to avoid detracting from what is around it – simple steel suspension supports, a large expanse of windows that stand out from older small opening and slightly-more-modern wood and white finishes.

The result is something that is not perhaps as impressive as some of the wild and crazy refabs that make magazine front pages, but is likely far more livable than most of those could hope to be.