1950s Grain Silo Transformed into a Sleek and Cozy Home for Two
Architect Christoph Kaiser has repurposed a 1950s-era grain silo, transforming it into a cozy home he shares with his wife. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the dwelling is a stunning example of what’s possible with an unconventional—and previously uninhabitable—structure. The corrugated-steel silo is tall enough for two stories within its cylindrical walls, and it features a modern decor that’s an ode to the mid-century exterior.
To begin the redesign process, Kaiser first purchased the dismantled 1955 grain silo online from a Kansas farmer. It was then transported down to Arizona on the back of a pickup truck. After arriving, major modifications were made during its reassembly, including custom-made doors and windows, ten inches of spray insulation, and a paint job meant to reflect the scorching heat of the desert sun.
When creating the silo’s interior, Kaiser took a cue from the shape of the building. Cabinets, counters, and even couches are curved to enhance the tiny space. Everything—with the exception of two Eames Wire Chairs—is custom built, and he used $350 worth of scrap walnut plank flooring to help keep his decorating costs low. A wood and black steel staircase leads from the living area to a cozy loft bedroom, which has an operable skylight that’s set within the cone-shaped roof. This gives the structure an airy feel, making it seem much larger than its 340-square-foot size.