The Glass House is a modern renovation and extension designed by AR Design Studio in Winchester, England. The home was originally built by the Earl of Airlie in 1856 while he served as Camp Commandant at the nearby Peninsular Barracks military base and split into two more modestly sized dwellings in the 1950s. Since then, the servants’ quarters had fallen into a state of disrepair after the unfortunate passing of a sole elderly owner. It remained vacant for a number of years, until the long-time occupants of the Manor House sought to retire and move into the more manageable servants’ quarters which overlooked the surrounding grasslands and turn it into their dream home.
From the architect: It is not every day that a body is found buried on your building site, but on a summer’s morning in 2012 this is exactly what happened while builders were laying foundations for RIBA award-winning architects AR Design Studio’s latest project. By 6pm they had found another 2.
After the initial astonishment, the Police and later a team of Archaeologists were brought in who thankfully identified the remains as being of Roman origin. After a period of intense excavation, it was confirmed as a site of Archaeological importance when further evidence of Roman burials and defensive fortifications were uncovered, including the discovery of a rare Roman burial urn. Once the site was cleared of artefacts and the bodies taken to the local museum for research, work on the building could continue.
These ancient findings further added to the already rich historical context of the property situated in the town of Winchester, the old Roman capital of England. The project was to convert the original servants’ quarters of the large Manor House that overlooked the surrounding grasslands. It was built by the Earl of Airlie in 1856 while he served as Camp Commandant at the nearby Peninsular Barracks military base and split into two more modestly sized dwellings in the 1950s.
Since then, the servants’ quarters had fallen into a state of disrepair after the unfortunate passing of a sole elderly owner. It remained vacant for a number of years, until the long-time occupants of the Manor House sought to retire and move into the more manageable servants’ quarters and turn it into their dream home.
The owner’s love of glass fuelled their brief to construct a beautifully simple sculptural glass staircase and a contemporary glass extension, situated at the rear of the property in the space created by the ‘C’ shape of the building, which would open itself up to the garden.
The couple approached AR Design Studio Chartered Architects because of their experience in dealing with glass architecture and their interest in how this material can be used to create seamless relationships between inside and outside space, between the man-made and nature.
Hidden from view behind the buildings traditional facade, the finished extension is an elegant piece of modern contemporary glass architecture. It completely reinvents the feel and atmosphere of the previously dark and cramped servants’ quarters; all within the rich and poignant historical context of the site.
The concept was to provide a clean and light architectural intervention alongside the traditional shell of the building which would positively affect the feel and functionality of the property. The spaces are designed to accentuate a play between light and dark; contrasting from the bright and open communal spaces to the more subtle and secluded, almost cave-like retreat spaces in the old house.
The existing layout was clarified; vertical voids were cut through the house to unite the cellar, ground and first floors and redirect the flow of the house to naturally draw the user towards the new glass space at the heart of the home.
The strategic placement of the large roof light floods the entrance hall with sunlight that tracks through the double-height space with the time of day and the seasons.
This extremely light and spacious frameless glass extension houses the open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas. As the delicate structure reaches over to form the walls and roof of the extension, it creates a flexible inside/outside space allowing sunlight to flood through the home and filter down gradually, creating beautiful shards of light and shadow.
As a contrast to the extension, the formal lounge, study and dining room have a more sheltered and embracing nature. Upstairs, the Glass House has 4 large double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The master suite has its own walk-in wardrobe and views overlooking the garden and the top of the glass extension below. All the essentials have been accounted for, in the form of utility and laundry rooms, study and WC that flank the glass box.
Timber ceramic tiling was used as an innovative alternative to traditional timber flooring because it does not discolour in the weather and is a perfect surface to compliment the underfloor heating throughout. This allowed for a seamless floor finish running from the inside to the outside onto the cantilevered patio.
The rest of the house is finished to a minimal and clean appearance to allow the functional glass structures to stand out as exquisite pieces of sculptural art in their own right.
Whilst still retaining a subtle street appearance, the finished property now renamed Clarkes, is completely transformed from its previous gloomy and decrepit nature. The modern renovation and extension creates a light, airy and open living environment bursting with traditional values, contemporary style and innovative design.
Photos: Martin Gardner
Cat Hill Barn is nestled in the rolling hills of Yorkshire, an historic county of Northern England, constructed in the late 16th century as a beautiful grade II listed barn. Designed by Liverpool-based Snook Architects, the 3,810 square foot (354 square meters) home originally had some problems with the local planning office, yet won permission on appeal, with the provision of a restrained aesthetic of the scheme which deliberately avoided being too domestic in appearance. The architects created a flowing open plan interior that avoided compartmentalization and opened up to reveal the splendor and scale of the original barn and its trusses. Snook completed the scheme in 2012 and subsequently received two nominations in the 2013 RIBA awards in the regional category and small projects. Snook won in both categories.
The main living spaces read as one generous volume set off by the new pegged oak trusses and stone fireplace. This space alludes to an upper floor by a floating glass gallery that neatly separates the main bedroom from the children’s bedrooms.
The budget was extremely tight but the keenness of a local contractor and the proximity of the joinery workshop all helped to keep costs down. Avoiding the tendency to planner-twee that bedevils so many barn conversions, this simple scheme builds on the lofty agricultural aesthetic and injects it with all the intimacy and fun of a good domestic project.
Photos: Andy Haslam
One Hyde Park is a luxury residential complex with one of the most exclusive addresses in the world, created by award-winning architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, in London. One Hyde Park is an important 21st century addition to London’s architectural landscape — a landmark building that is iconic in form, celebratory in spirit and respectful to its environment. The building has been designed in four pavilions to create maximum light permeability throughout each apartment. The angled form of the architecture ensures breathtaking views from every internal space, without having to compromise on privacy or security.
The building is comprised of 86 apartments and duplexes – including four penthouses – and three retail units at ground-floor level fronting onto Knightsbridge. Additional facilities for residents include a private cinema, private wine-tasting facility, bullet proof windows, purified air systems, “panic rooms”, 21 meters swimming pool, a squash court, saunas, a gym, a golf simulator, a wine cellar, room service and 60 trained staff on call 24 hours a day, and a business suite and meeting rooms. Renowned lighting artist, James Turrell has created a unified lighting concept that interacts with the development’s architecture. It includes perimeter lighting for the five glass stair and lift structures and a colorful light display (the LEDs are a mix of red, green, blue and white lamps that, when combined, can render every possible color in the spectrum).
Candy & Candy have exclusively designed all the communal areas including the spa and recreation facilities, the grand double-height reception space, Park Library and Serpentine Suite. Each apartment is finished to their exacting standards and they have carefully designed and assigned to each apartment either of the two exclusively designed base build palettes, light or dark. Each palette provides the perfect foundation on which residents can imprint their own interior design personality with the help of Candy & Candy’s design team if they so desire.
The apartments also include provisional writing for audio visual systems and visual systems and programmed lighting controls which will enable residents to select their preferred suppliers for all their personal audio visual requirements.
The vision of Candy & Candy is to create the most exquisite interiors for the most exclusive address in the world. Each apartment has been designed to reveal the beautiful and carefully designed proportions and every detail has been considered to ensure the experience of living at One Hyde Park is unsurpassed.
This early Victorian mid-terraced house lies on a peaceful residential street close to very popular Westbourne Grove in west London, England. A lengthy collaboration between the owner and Gianni Botsford Architects has resulted in a bachelor playground designed to indulge and please at every turn. This masterpiece of design and style is more or less traditional in layout but has some quite fabulous contemporary additions and imaginative finishes, notably from Jimmie Martin, Tom Dixon and Abigail Ahern. The full-length drawing room is on the raised ground floor, as one would expect, but to the rear a bold gallery drops down into the kitchen/dining room below, linking the two spaces.
Passing the rear roof deck, the surprises continue, and include a fully equipped cinema room. The Bulthaup kitchen (using Gaggenau and Sub Zero appliances) is genius in design, while the low visual impact blends perfectly with the cozy rough brick floors, natural surface finishes and Eames furniture. At the rear, a bank of rotating glass panels provides views of a terraced garden and a lush-green living wall. The brilliant primary bedroom suite on the upper floors, double in height, offers complete sanctuary. A central spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine office and gallery, and from here a bridge takes you to a suntrap roof terrace via an enormous sliding glass panel. Elsewhere are two double bedrooms, a guest bathroom and a utility room with Miele appliances.
A small rear garden has been reinvigorated with a green living wall and center pivot frameless glass doors from the new kitchen and dining area.
Particular emphasis has been made on creating different atmospheres for each function throughout the house.
Listed for sale at $9,636,000, from here.
Downley House is a large new country house designed by BPR Architects in the South Downs coastal range of Petersfield, England. The client called for a tranquil yet playful place, full of natural texture, contrasts, and indigenous materials. BPR created an entrance sequence which commences in a circular stone entrance court, extends along a pergola into an inner court bounded by a ruined wall and through the house to a roof terrace where a stair bridges into the landscape.
The house is divided into a family wing and a guest wing linked by a barrel vaulted dining hall centered on the ruin entrance. The barrel vaulted hall opens at each end onto courtyards which receive sun in the morning and evening. The form of the dining hall is like a foudre wine barrel and reflects the clients love of wine. The circular glazed stair ascends to the roof terrace.
Downley House is constructed of timber elements prefabricated in Swizerland and erected over a two month period. The family and guest wings are constructed of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and the barrel vault is made of a CLT timber shell and glue lam ribs. The low-embodied energy of the construction, the efficient envelope, ground source heat pump and heat recovery system create a highly sustainable and energy efficient building.
Photos: Nick Kane
This stunning and immaculately restored 18th Century water mill is situated in Corwen, North Wales featuring an extensive use of timber throughout the property which was a deliberate design concept to reflect the buildings original use as a working sawmill. Designed by The DMD Group, The Mill occupies an idyllic rural position amongst 3 acres of terraced woodland. It features a landscaped garden and three peaceful woodland walks. Completing the setting, a tributary of the River Dee flows through the grounds forming a series of cascading waterfalls. The property offers spacious, flexible accommodation which has been tastefully and comprehensively remodeled to an extremely high standard.
Upon entrance to the Mill you are greeted with a large solid oak sliding door that disappears into the wall to reveal a stunning and most impressive spacious open plan living/dining room. Through the extensive glass sliding doors, this space leads out onto a full length rear balcony overlooking a 4 meters waterfall. Linked to the open plan living/dining room is a spacious high spec kitchen/ breakfast room with double sided ‘inside/outside’ feature fire place. The extensive sliding doors reveal a cantilevered floating roof and an external hardwood timber deck. The kitchen countertops are solid American white oak, one of 11 different types of wood used throughout the property.
This fascinating property is listed for sale at $1,047,127, from here.
Direct access to the river and the remains of the historic pelton water wheel can be accessed from the elevated deck area to the rear of the property. The garden on the opposite side of the river offers a rope lined woodland stroll, with the remains of an old cottage providing a south facing alfresco dining space.
A back lit floating oak staircase leads from the open plan space up to the first floor level. The stairway projects into an overhanging bay window giving expansive views over the waterfall. The landing area is contained by minimal steel cables which act as a unique balustrade system to the floating stair element. Exposed beams maximize the volume of this double height space.
The master suite with back lit stone wall,exposed timber beams and open plan free standing stone resin bath gives the user a real sense of opulence and tranquility. The bedroom leads out onto an oak balcony with superb sunset views over the garden and various cascading waterfalls.
The timber design concept continues in this unique bathroom with power shower, which features solid wood Beech panels treated in high specification marine yacht oil.
Interior architecture firm TG-Studio has transformed this three bedroom penthouse located in England’s famed St Pancras Chambers. The apartment is one of three penthouses in the 52 unit development by the Manhattan loft corporation. It covers the top three floors of the west tower of this famous London landmark. The client hired TG studio to transform the unit from the standard developer spec into a personal and luxurious home.
As the property is of highest public interest and the interiors listed by English Heritage as very significant, the floor plan had to be broadly maintained but all staircases were replaced. The Studio and client worked closely together removing all bathrooms, floor finishes, built in wardrobes and the kitchen. The master bedroom, which is located on the top floor, is now reached through a new staircase that turns around an oak clad storage room reached off the main entrance hall. The floor area on this level was enlarged and separated into a walk in wardrobe, finished in oak and sheep leather and personalized to the client’s needs. The master bedroom space is open plan but can be closed to the triple height living room by an electrical operated curtain.
The lower open floor plan is laid out as a relaxed kitchen zone, dining area and TV watching area. The TV area is located opposite the kitchen and balances in its elevation the open plan kitchen. The joinery accommodates the AV equipment and a visible library and is kept very white with arrabascato stone as a vertical feature behind the TV. The dining table is from Poliform as are the chairs; the sofa is from zanotti, the rug from the rug company.
The middle and lower floor (floor 4 & 5 of the building) are occupied by two levels of entertaining. A new staircase has been designed connecting both levels, featuring oak veneer, plain glass and wooden stringers painted in off white. The staircase consists of a bridge that connects to a library which is cantilevering the main part of the staircase. This library unit is the feature of the staircase and also forms the balustrade to one side. It offers storage for books, statues and other artifacts collected by the owner.
The upper floor measures approximately 800 square feet and accommodates a very comfortable seating area and a zone for the pool table, a collector’s item owned by the client. The living room features furniture from Poltrona frau, knoll and Lema.
The penthouse gives access to two bedrooms with a dressing area and en-suite each a secondary entrance to the apartment and a guest WC and storage. The two en-suite bathrooms are located in two gothic towers of the building which gives them great views of the surrounding area and a triple ceiling height. They have been finished in Arrabascato marble and each feature a low hanging chandelier to play with the unusual ceiling height.
The bathroom features an extra-large walk in shower with a flush TV and a bespoke double sink unit finished in the stone, mirror and the textile oak present throughout the Penthouse, which enhances the earthy and organic feel of this sanctuary.
The Studio selected and furnished the entire penthouse and a meridiani bed in blue velvet was chosen in this bedroom flanked by vividly colored lacquered bedside tables from Lema. The master en-suite has been enlarged too and now features a Portuguese travertine stone which has a cave like quality.
Little Venice House was designed for a family of four by Andy Martin Architect in Little Venice, West London, England. Warren and Claire Johnson live in Little Venice with their two young boys Charlie, three, and Jake, two. Their apartment is set on the ground floor of grade I listed mansion terrace overlooking one of London’s most beautiful garden squares. With ceilings reaching 4.5 meters, the space has been designed and converted to suit their busy work and family lifestyle. The architects were appointed to help achieve this.
Private rooms moved to the north and public living spaces to the south overlooking the gardens. Every area has been remodeled to offer abundant storage and walls purposely left free to offer space for their expanding art collection. Existing details were removed from doors and walls and reinstated the moulded ceilings and parquet flooring. New elements are made obvious by the use of color or texture, and are designed more like interventions.
This stunning Victorian flat in Notting Hill, London was designed by interior designer Katrina Phillips and her assistant Georgiana Huddart. The owner is a movie producer who chose to purchase the home to share with his wife and daughter as a vacation getaway. The Victorian facade gives way to the interior with a cozy and quiet elegance. The deep respect to the architectural heritage, the history and aesthetics of the building, guided throughout the project, but distribution, setting and treatment of the spaces start from a contemporary concept.
They selected the latest technology for comfort and safety, and a deliciously timeless style. In addition, an interesting work of research was conducted for each space: choice of colors, fabrics, furniture, decorative objects, nothing was left to chance. For example, they decided on a color palette of stone, ivory, antique gold, oxide red, ocher, which was the advice of an expert in historical painting. The treatment of light and colors was inspired by those used by the Italian painter Caravaggio and also the work of the master of the modern decor, the Belgian Axel Vervoordt.
Blake House is a spectacular property in London, England that boasts a spacious open floor plan, high ceilings and bright spaces. With a loft-like feel, the apartment features a master bedroom retreat with a staircase that leads down into the voluminous space, with a two-story ceiling height, en-suite bathroom, and private home office. The apartment is perfect for entertaining, with a wall of glass paned windows that separates the living room from the fully equipped kitchen with breakfast nook. The home is decorated with a predominately neutral color palette with bold pops of red color scattered throughout.
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