Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back

By: Sarah Beaumont

April 1, 2016

It’s a well-known fact that things aren’t always as they seem. Take the mullet, for example. From the front, that horrible ’80s haircut gave a man a business-oriented appearance, but in the back, his hair was just one crazy party. Mullets aren’t the only thing that can fool the eyes — design can be deceptive, too.

From Victorian houses with ultra-modern additions to dilapidated water towers with wild renovations, these 7 structures boast some of the most unexpected design elements we’ve ever seen.


7. Adventures in Renovation

Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back, Laurel & Wolf, via Dwell

via Dwell

At first glance, you would never guess what hides behind the pale green facade of this early 1900s Victorian home. The extremely modern, box-like addition has floor to ceiling windows and highly contemporary interiors — basically the opposite of the traditional home it’s attached to.


6. A 300 Year Old Pick-Me-Up

Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back, Laurel & Wolf, via Trendir

via Trendir

This 300 year old house in Tel Aviv doesn’t feel so ancient on the inside. While the structure’s original stone walls, arches, and curved ceilings are still intact, the interiors have been updated to look like they belong in a brand new downtown condo.


5. London Calling

Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back, Laurel & Wolf, via Decoist

via Decoist

Built in 1867, this gothic water tower in London was left abandoned for decades. Eventually, a plethora of pigeons took up residence in its walls, but after 8 months of remodeling, it has become one of the most unexpected and extravagant renovations around.


4. Split Personalities

Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back, Laurel & Wolf, via Trendir

via Trendir

From the front, it looks like a quaint heritage home complete with a wrought iron fence and gingerbread house detailing. From the back, it’s a modern masterpiece with wide open windows, clean lines and bright pops of color on the inside.


3. Timelapse Transformation

Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back, Laurel & Wolf, via Busy Boo

via Busy Boo

This former convent turned city hall was in desperate need of a facelift, but rather than simply restoring its existing foundation, it became a total juxtaposition of old and contemporary architecture.


2. A Bungalow with a Beautiful Behind

Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back, Laurel & Wolf, via Dwell

via Dwell

While the facade of this Australian home may look adorable, it once hid a cramped, dark, and tiny interior. The front of the house is still intact but it now boasts an impressively voluptuous derrière that gives the space a light-filled and airy ambiance.


1. Distinctive Design

Laurel Loves 7: Business in the Front, Party in the Back, Laurel & Wolf, via Inhabitat

via Inhabitat

Some structures just aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. This modern row house in Vietnam, nicknamed the “Cocoon House” is definitely the party animal on the block.

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