Warner House is a renovated apartment offering an open, loft-like living space by Inside Out Architecture, located in the Clerkenwell section of central London. The renovation was carried out on behalf of a couple, which entailed removing interior walls of the 2,583 square foot apartment.
From the architect: Following the success of a number of London refurbishment projects, Inside Out Architecture was appointed to redesign the interior layout of a unique apartment space in Clerkenwell, Central London, in early 2012.
The existing building has an intriguingly tactile industrial structure, with exposed concrete beams and columns throughout its interior. These original structural elements proved far more captivating than the apartment’s existing interior, and IOA’s subsequent intervention sought to enhance their prominence.
Work began by stripping the old apartment back to its basic shell and exposing the dramatic geometry of the concrete beams. A number of spaces – including a TV room, two bedrooms, separate family and guest bathrooms, a utility room and an adaptable guest bedroom – were then “inserted” into this hollow shell.
These inserts came in the form of numerous bespoke joinery pieces, designed with a light touch and simple smooth finishes to contrast with, and hence emphasise, the strength of the textured concrete structure. By stopping these joinery inserts short of the overhead beams, the architects expressed them as something secondary to the structure. It was then possible to step these partitions back at high level to align with concrete beam junctions. This enabled the creation of a suitable layout in plan while ensuring that full acoustic separation was achieved in a way that respected the complex soffit geometry. Despite their simple expression, the joinery pieces house a wealth of concealed functions including fold out beds, integrated radiators, storage units, kitchen appliances, glazed screens, curtain recesses, sliding partitions and the entire family bathroom.
In the living area a bespoke island kitchen was introduced to provide a focal point for activity within a large open plan space. A suspended aluminium profile provided functional downlighting while simultaneously uplighting the concrete soffit to create a comfortable warm atmosphere, giving the clients the flexibility they require.
In combination, the project’s lighting, tones and textures collude to create a series of tranquil domestic spaces amidst the bustle of central London.
Photos: Jim Stephenson
From the designer: A decade old town home looks to traditional elements to ground it in history. This fearless family yearned for a color infused, yet calming, fresh design all with the detail and nuance of a rarified turn of the century townhouse.
Vintage mantles, layered moldings, patterned wallpapers and colorful fabrics come together in this family friendly home. We nudged various walls slightly throughout the floor plan to provide for a more spacious feel. The challenge in the master bedroom was to create a luxurious closet space without visually compromising the size of the room.
Splitting the closet into three sections, we camouflaged the largest center walk-in closet behind padded screens. The other sections live behind antique mirrored French doors. The shoe closet is concealed behind a full length mirror and the ‘Love Art’ piece cleverly hides…well, it’s a secret.
While the master bath is of a classic design, the guest bath is a glossy tribute to old New York society. The kids bath, on the other hand, is a fun take on seaside, nautical chic.
In the basement we constructed a cozy family room replete with coffered woodgrain ceilings, an antique mantle and fun fabrics working together to host family fun. “Though it’s all newly created, it’s difficult to believe the details are not original.”
Photos: Donna Dotan
Architect Andrew Franz transformed the top floor and roof of a late 18th century former soap warehouse into an eclectic loft in Tribeca, an area of Manhattan, New York. Franz reorganized and modernized the six-story building—which retains its original 16-foot beam ceilings, brick walls, timber columns, and elevator winches from the former freight shaft—by incorporating steel, glass, handmade tile, and lacquer to complement the masonry and heavy timber.
The residence was reconceived to offer open entertaining zones and a fluid connection to the outdoors. A relocated mezzanine allows for direct access to the roof terrace above, and features an interior courtyard with a retractable glass roof. Embracing the building’s industrial past, a visual discourse between new and old is devised through insertions of modern materials along with restored or reclaimed materials.
An inverted courtyard unifies the interior space, which is topped by an expansive 150-square-foot retractable skylight adjacent to a lush roof deck overlooking the Hudson River and lower Manhattan. An interior courtyard and rectangular mezzanine are situated below the original 16-foot gull-wing ceiling planes. Reclaimed wood, new built-ins, and midcentury antiques complement the old brick and timber.
Photos: Albert Vecerka/Esto
Riverside Penthouse project showcases bright and bold interiors, designed by Tobi Fairley Interior Design, located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. This wonderful home was designed for a chic and contemporary family that requested the designer to create a daring color scheme. The clients are fashion forward and modern in their outlook, and the designer created a chic space that satisfied both parties. This beautiful penthouse appeared in the January 2015 issue of Rue Magazine.
Photos: Nancy Nolan Photography
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