This loft apartment designed by Cloud Studios offers industrial style open plan living infused with natural light, located in an old factory near Edgware Road, London, England. The loft was completely renovated in 2014 and featured in Elle Decoration’s 25th Anniversary Issue, October 2014.
Description from the designers: The apartment, which is in a converted industrial space, was completely reconfigured by Cloud to create two bedrooms and a large open plan living space.
The architectural details have an industrial feel (concrete ceilings, Critail windows and exposed pipes).
The clean lines and high ceilings were enhanced with a pale Douglas fir wide-planked floor and a contemporary kitchen.
Cloud, set up by Nia Morris and Louise Holt, has an established reputation for creating elegant, contemporary interiors for a wide range of residential and commercial projects, from prestigious London and country houses to apartments, offices and hotels. Characterized by creativity balanced by practicality and a highly personal service, we provide innovative design solutions in all the services we offer, from complete refurbishment to interior decoration of individual rooms, space planning, lighting design, bespoke furniture and bathroom and kitchen design.
Photos: Courtesy of Cloud Studios
B95 residential project is a beautifully designed modern urban infill designed by Beyond Homes together with BBLOC, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The design illustrates a fresh approach to design that reflects the distinctive culture of the region, drawing inspiration from around the world with a focus on natural/reclaimed components.
Description from Beyond Homes: Unique materials, such as hickory, quartz counter tops, raw metal, Moroccan inspired architectural tile, customized finishes and resource-efficient, designer fixtures are utilized with culturally diverse inspiration in an open concept, modern space.
The two semi-detached units provide 2,800 square feet of living space, differentiated through the use of contrasting dark and light exterior finishes – black and white stucco and corrugated metal siding.
The exterior facades are tied together through the application of reclaimed barn wood siding. This project is designed for modern families in the inner city wanting a home that reflects their design lifestyle.
The main floor features a 10-foot ceiling, maximized windows and reclaimed elm flooring; the materiality of the wood permeates through the main floor as it is also used to finish the kitchen cabinetry and fireplace wall detailing.
A raw metal stair guard wall was custom designed with a jali-inspired pattern to provide graphic interest and transparency to the stair wall. The raw metal material is also used in the facing of the fireplace and media centre in the main floor living room.
In the bed niche of the second floor bedroom a commissioned mural that wraps up onto the ceiling is harmonized with Japanese designer pendant light fixtures. Custom cantilevered oak butchers blocks in the powder room and kitchen offer a clean dynamic element to the style of the house along with custom, local-made concrete lighting on the main floor.
Moroccan-inspired architectural tile is complemented by the addition of a reclaimed barn door for the entranceway of the Master Ensuite bathroom, and by the strategic placement of the second floor exterior cedar screen that provides both exterior architectural interest as well as privacy screening for the stand-alone tub.
Photos: Ted Knude Photography
Thao Dien House is a beautiful renovation project carried out in 2014 by MM++ Architects, located in Thảo Điền, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The contemporary villa is comprised of 3,013 square feet (280 square meters), showcasing clean lines and wide open spaces.
From the architect: The intention was to turn the existing construction, a “pastiche” art deco, into a contemporary villa with clean lines and open spaces while keeping the entire existing concrete structure. The cost saving, which represents around 30% of total construction cost and the time saving on the construction schedule was a huge benefit for the client, an investor. Therefore, with balancing the cost, it was possible to add new elements to the construction.
The building has been reduced to his most minimal expression, a white cubic shape with two vertical vegetal walls added on the front and back of the house in order to bring privacy for the bedrooms and allowing large openings for natural ventilation without crossing views. The vertical garden “extends” the surrounding vegetation onto the walls and makes the house “disappearing” into the landscape. It creates a strong visual connection between the house and the garden and gives an identity to the place.
On the ground floor, living room, dining and kitchen are merged in one unique space fully open to the outdoor on three sides, bringing the garden inside the house. Swimming pool and decking have been reshaped as an extension of the interior space. The staircase has been relocated for a better distribution of the first floor and creates the main feature of the living room with a floating steps design. On the first floor, three bedrooms instead of the four existing in order to gain space to create a real master suite.
Starting from a poor existing space quality, enclosed, with no connection to the garden, this project is an experiment to demonstrate how it can be versatile and fun to “play” with an existing structure and to turn the construction into a radically different layout and design, revealing better spaces, adding value to the place and proposing a life style closer to nature.
Photos: Hiroyuki OKI
Head Road 1816 is a spacious family home designed for luxurious open plan living by SAOTA architects, located in Fresnaye, Cape Town, South Africa. The clients required a four bedroom home for their young family, the design of which had to encapsulate all the qualities of luxury open-plan living while still providing a homely environment.
From the architects: The practicalities of the site – steepness and town planning restrictions – were key initial drivers in determining the parameters available. The narrow proportion of the property also necessitated the careful consideration of privacy and bedroom accommodation, which is set back from the street or suitably screened.
Effort was put into capitalising on views to the rear onto Lions Head as well as across Sea Point and the Atlantic Seaboard. There is a clear vertical distinction between the living and bedroom accommodation. With young children, the bedrooms needed to be in close proximity to each other and to the parents thus a securable ‘family only’ portion of the home was a result. The upper-most level accommodates the master bedroom; a generous open-plan space inclusive of a dressing area and en suite bathroom. From the entrance a timber staircase accesses the primary living and entertainment area. The living areas are arranged to allow seamless connection to the garden, covered terrace and pool. Level changes, the ceiling plane and sliding doors subtly define this versatile space.
The language of the house reflects bold contemporary lines and extended planes, but the introduction of timber has softened and blurred this distinction. The tactile qualities of timber and the way it is used activate the senses – the sound and smell of the hardwood timber underfoot on the staircase sets a tone on entering the house. Screening elements ensuring privacy have become an integral component of the aesthetic. The juxtaposition of solid mass to large expanses of transparency is transitioned with semi-transparent slatted screens and shutters. The architectural language takes its cues from a Spanish approach to simple cubic volumes with punctured openings and planar walls that open up to create generous ocean views.
Such a narrow, steep site often compromises the final outcome but here, with the seamless connection of indoor and outdoor spaces, the heart of the house was successfully extended from boundary to boundary.
Photos: Adam Letch
Broad Ripple Bungalow was completely remodeled for open concept living by HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 1920s bungalow remodel includes new skylights, new exposed trusses, and more natural light.
1920’s Bungalow revitalized open concept living, dining, kitchen.
Grandma’s vibrant retro sofas are at home paired with new pallet coffee table on coasters in this cozy, eclectic, light-filled family space – the cat clearly concurs.
Kitchen opens to Living/Dining in this revitalized 1920’s Bungalow.
Remodeled Master Suite includes new spa and bedroom space combined for open concept living and perceived larger space.
Open-concept Master Bathroom opens to Bedroom (foreground) and Master Closet (beyond) via sliding barn door.
Open-concept Master Bathroom opens to Bedroom and Master Closet beyond via sliding barn door.
Open-concept Master Bathroom opens to Bedroom (beyond) and Master Closet (foreground) via sliding barn doors.
Carriage House Loft provides a cozy guest retreat in this revitalized 1920’s Bungalow.
Carriage House Loft provides a cozy guest retreat in this revitalized 1920’s Bungalow.
Guest Loft Bedroom accessed via barn door.
Guest Loft Bedroom/Bathroom accessed via sliding barn door.
Bonus Room Bathroom shares open space with Loft Bedroom.
Photos: Courtesy of HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
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