Doe Run Estate is a redevelopment of a private estate situated on 640 acres of agricultural land in rural Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offering a modern interpretation of the historic stone structures to reconfigure and connect interior and exterior spaces. Designed by MS&R Architecture, the 60,000 square foot structure took three years to complete and includes buildings dating back to the early 1800s. Encompassing 14 buildings, the estate includes a main house with an orangerie, an adjacent yoga studio, three guesthouses, a dining hall with a commercial kitchen, barns (including a milking parlor, cheese processing facility, and cheese caves) and various agricultural buildings, greenhouses, gardens, and orchards. As a sustainable and aesthetic measure, the designers reused salvaged materials throughout, including potting shed timbers and brick and greenhouse casework and doors.
Photos: Lara Swimmer Photography
This stunning 1892 Anglican church conversion was designed by owner and architect duo Dominic and Marie Bagnato of Bagnato Architects in the suburb of Moonee Ponds, in Melbourne, Australia. The Gothic-style timber church was originally built by Tadgell Brothers, it is now a residence that thrills the senses throughout spectacular spaces of unlimited luxury and unforgettable refinement. The innovative re-design marries old with new throughout unique dimensions including vast living, dining and entertaining areas arranged around a stunning Nero Tempesta marble fire-place. Flexibly formal and informal, these spaces feature limestone floors beneath dramatic, Baltic Pine ceilings and are served by a kitchen in which Calacatta marble surfaces, butler’s pantry and Ilve double ovens match form to function with conspicuous success.
Above, a mezzanine level lounge of light filled proportions precedes a roof space loft that sees the city and represents the ultimate escape, ideal as a teenagers’ retreat or work from home space. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, which includes a seductive main suite in an individual wing which evokes your favorite 5 star hotel and features a sublime marble and limestone bathroom while a guest room with its own en-suite enjoys its own access to elegantly landscaped outdoor dimensions.
A basement level boasts a wine room with recycled messmate ceilings and beautiful onyx marble paneling, equipped to accommodate 700 bottles. On the same level, a versatile gym or games room with its own bathroom includes a day bed retreat.
An al fresco pavilion with BBQ kitchen, LED lighting and surround sound overlooks a sunny lawn, which conceals a 6,000 liters water tank, and solar heated pool which ensures outdoor appeal matches indoor allure.
Photos: Courtesy of Bagnato Architects
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.
The old cowshed in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia has been designed by Carter Williamson Architects. The home was a surprising find; a rare opportunity to preserve some of the character and charm of this eclectic neighborhood and one the architects encouraged for their clients to seize when they sought their advice on purchasing the property. The cowshed sat on a small parcel of land bounded on three sides by roads. The building was simple, essentially a long brick wall that held the urban edge of corner and street and returned to house a few bedrooms in the place of the former stalls.
It was the most basic of accommodation but the shed had a worn patina of stories and was well situated, hugging the southern boundary with provision for a private, north facing courtyard. The clients share a vision for gregarious family life which is reflected in their home. The spaces are truly ‘open plan’, each room connected to the others and to the sunny, green courtyard that acts as a natural extension of the living spaces.
The plan of the house was kept largely as it was with the kitchen to the street corner, hidden behind the strong brick envelope and spilling over into the dining and living rooms. The kids’ bedrooms, replete with requisite hammocks, were tucked into the return of the L-shaped plan with a vivid red bathroom at the pivot, a nod to our client’s proud Venezuelan heritage.
By expanding the width of the building from three to four metres and locating the bedroom mezzanine above the kitchen, the urban edge of the street was held by a tall forward element much like the bald face shop fronts at the end of a row of terraces; a good urban response which marks corner buildings as distinctive landmarks in an urban streetscape.
The cowshed sits under a big jacaranda tree whose leaves and blooms blocked the valley gutters and flooded the existing house when it rained. In response, a long steep roof plane was pulled up and over the second storey bedroom and tucked down at the rear of the site, designed to prevent accumulating organic matter and giving the building it’s distinctive profile.
A ribbon of high clerestory windows that capture light and breeze, wrap the building and climb upwards with the roofline allowing the home to feel bright but private, despite it’s dense urban context.
Wherever possible the existing building fabric of the original cowshed was preserved, but sadly much was structurally unsound. What was rebuilt carries the spirit of the cowshed, composed from a palette of simple, robust materials that simultaneously address the restraints of the tight budget; concrete slabs were polished as flooring, recycled bricks left as face for the internal walls and the timber structure exposed. Oiled timber doors and windows and corrugated cladding hint at the Australian pastural vernacular now all but forgotten in this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.
Photos: Brett Boardman
Upper East Side Carriage House was designed by David Howell Design in conjunction with interior design firm Eve Robinson Associates in New York. Originally designed by Delano and Aldrich in 1917, this building served as carriage house to the William and Dorothy Straight mansion several blocks away. With practically no original detail, this relatively humble structure was reconfigured into something more befitting the client’s needs. To convert it for a single family, interior floor plates were carved away to form two elegant double height spaces. The front facade was modified to express the grandness of the new interior. A beautiful new rear garden was formed by the demolition of an overbuilt addition. The entire rear facade was removed and replaced. A full floor was added to the roof, and a newly configured stair core incorporated an elevator.
Photos: Peter Margonelli
Residência Maranhão is an apartment of the 50′s designed by Maurício Arruda architects + designers, located in the district of Moema in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 2,152 square foot (200 square meters) home had never been remodeled and was in desperate need of an update. The premise of the project was to open spaces to give breadth to the property and so almost all the walls were torn down. The reform transformed the apartment into a flexible loft where lightness and casualness to the tone decor that was appropriate to the history of the property and its owners.
In an almost “archaeological”, the architect Mauricio Arruda explored and made apparent the original materials, such as concrete, wood and stone. Thus, it was discovered the original floor of the property ipe, which now contrasts with the apparent cement concrete. The project included a large open area: the living room, dining / billiards, library and home and kitchen. Only two suites, toilet and laundry facilities remain separate. To reflect the lifestyle of clients in the property, Maurice drew a series of layouts ensuring flexibility environments. The style can be noticed in the bedroom where you can have the option of placing the bed on three different walls with sockets and switches within reach.
The home theater also allows it to be used in four different locations, with the creation of several points for installation. Also betting on the versatility of furniture, a pool table in the middle of the room, turns into a dining table.
The contemporary side and sustainable development is emphasized in decor, with the use of parts of the family as Thonet chairs, a vintage sofa, oriental rugs and a library that has been transformed into a cabinet.
Furniture has been designed by Mauricio Arruda, also part of the decor following a request of the couple. Among the pieces of design and architect are: Pallet chair, Swallow table, and Joseph mobile line, in the living room and bedroom. “Maurice gifted us with a contemporary setting, which displays natural materials alongside modern technology equipment. Going home has been the best time of the day, “concludes the owner.
Photos: Victor Affaro
Resting atop an enchanting Medieval village and right next to a pristine castle lies La Maisonnette du Coteau in Beynac-et-Cazenac, France. Recently renovated, this exquisite 1,100 square foot cottage offers numerous luxuries, while maintaining a deep respect for its Medieval roots. The limestone walls and the beam ceilings on the ground level of the cottage have been preserved; the home’s exteriors and ground level blend perfectly with the other historic homes in the village. The rest of the cottage has been updated to reflect the modern needs and global travel patterns of the family who owns this home. All the armoires, tables and wood furnishings in the house were purchased in vintage shops around town.
If you are visiting France, you can stay at La Maisonnette, which is one of the most photographed homes in the village, and on several of the printed postcards found around town. Its prominent place atop the Cliffside village of Beynac-et-Cazenac affords its guests breathtaking views of the Dordogne River, the entire valley, and of the village. Enjoy a dinner or lunch outside on the terrace overlooking the canoes dotting the river, or take a bath in a claw foot tub while you gaze out across the Valley of the Five Chateau. The windows of La Maisonnette look out upon the old castle walls and the old city walls as well; the Chateau of Beynac is one of the best preserved in France. You’ll feel as if you stepped back to the 12th century!
To stay at La Maisonnette, rates ranges from $830 – $2037/week, from here.
This very same kitchen area was once used to house the village’s town oven, where village serfs would pay their lords a fee for use of the oven when baking bread.
Tolix chairs paired with what used to be an old church pew make an eclectic ensemble anchored by a live-edge table. The mix of chairs and the roominess of the bench are perfect for the family and their guests.
The master suite is located on the third floor, a converted attic. The process of “squeezing the furniture up the narrow stairs” required knocking down a small area and building the entire floor around the bed — and around the claw-foot tub.
Terry-cloth bathrobes and the day’s clothing usually hang on coat hangers by the bath. Walls are kept bare and free of hooks.
The owners travel throughout the year, living here on and off. Vacationers who rent the space on a weekly basis ensure that the home is always occupied.
A Denyse Schmidt quilt set the stage for the color scheme. A clean, white comforter looks fresh amongst the many antiques set out and about the room. One piece is from the 1600′s!
Photos: Stephanie Brubaker & Nicole Gerulat
This historic adobe home was built in the early 1900s, and features a kiva fireplace and design elements characteristic of traditional New Mexico architecture. The home was completely gutted by design studio R Brant Design, leaving as many of the original features as possible. The designer wanted to keep true to the home’s original feel, while bringing in a sophisticated, fresh new take on Santa Fe. This look was accomplished by using light colors like whites, creams and pale grays, and adding modern furnishings, textiles and accessories with a handcrafted look. The living space was remodeled, keeping interior walls light, adding light-colored oak plank floors, re-plastering the ceilings, and incorporating white wood paneling and gray and white marble into the master bathroom. In the study, custom designed sculptural bookshelves follow the line of the kiva fireplace, with backlit shelves that give off an enchanting glow. A freestanding guesthouse was also added, and the basement was transformed into a spectacular underground wine cellar, sandblasting the original stone walls, and adding modern furniture and custom benches.
Photos: Courtesy of R Brant Design
This stunning Carriage House received a complete overhaul by Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects in Washington DC. The owners of this house envisioned a social kitchen and dining area suitable for large meals and gatherings in a setting that celebrates the utilitarian character of their Blagden Alley neighborhood. A wall of built-in cabinets organizes the second floor studio living space while providing much-needed storage.
Photos: Courtesy of Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects
This incredible project is an historical preservation and extension of a small Saracen trullo, a typical rural building found in the Ostuni region of Italy, with an adjacent structure, a lamia, which remained only part of the perimeter walls. The renovation was undertaken by Luca Zanaroli Architetto with the intention to not only recover the existing buildings, but also take advantage of the possibility of creating an extension so as to triple the existing surface (originally less than 40 square meters) to establish at least four bedrooms.
Slightly recessed and lowered, the new volumes hinge the nearby structures while voids and large windows open the interior to daylight and the outdoors. Continuity between the materials and colors of surfaces smooth the transitions between the old and new. Inside, mortar coats floors and walls to unify the interior and reflect the southern daylight that enters. Minimal furniture and locally crafted objects compliment the qualities of the rustic atmosphere.
Photos: Max Zambelli