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
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
House in Brito has been designed by Topos Atelier de Arquitectura in the town of Brito, in Guimarães, Portugal. The house’s shape was rearranged around the patio which structured the farm buildings. On the ground floor were set all the areas needed for daily life. On the first floor are the guest rooms. In order to appropriate the site and deprive the house from its certainties, the living room was placed between the patio and the valley’s landscape magnitude (exceptionally well preserved in its’ biological dynamics). The glazed living room rises above the ground allowing the water-spring to flow towards the river.
Photos: Xavier Antunes
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
Loughloughan Barn is a stunning project that has been designed by McGarry Moon Architects, situated in Broughshane, Northern Ireland, UK. This unassuming home is a unique configuration of skillfully contained views from the interior the manipulation of natural light combined with fluid, informal spaces allowing us to create architecture that has some dramatic moments but does not overly dominate the character of the existing stone barn. The house is surprising which engages people and allows the dwelling a unique character without having to resort to reproducing a replica of the past.
The original stone structure, the splendid views of ‘Slemish’ and the desire for comfortable understated interiors were the principles that focused us as architects. The preservation and consolidation of the stone structure was fundamental in achieving an architecture where the old and new complemented each other. Thus the residence was designed by fusing new technologies with older building techniques whilst incorporating sustainability ideals in order to create a rural architecture for the 21st century, rather than simply remodeling or recreating the methods and manners of the past.
Approached from the north west this 1,184 square foot (110 square meters) dwelling has a restrained appearance, with smooth texture of zink contrasts and interacts with the warmth of the existing stone walls. The dwelling retains the integrity of the existing barn whilst hinting to the dynamic design within.
The new building uses the foundations and outer walls of the old barn, but new metal framework is inserted in the interior to create the upper ground floor. All original openings are used without alteration in the lower ground floor. The living space cantilevers out of existing stone barn and has an altogether different all be it rural architectural language.
This building was constructed in stages from 1814 onwards and was used as a rural house in Chamoson, Switzerland. It is made up of three adjacent areas on different levels. On the ground floor it is crossed by an access way which indicates the presence of a former right of way to the next-door building. The imposing proximity of the rocks and its stone construction lend this building a unity with its surroundings and a very strong mineral character. The renovation project by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes seeks to maintain and reinforce this character, emphasizing the existing stone structure while using concrete for the parts to be replaced, in order to create a completely mineral feel to the whole.
The 3,422 square foot (318 square meters) exterior volume has not been changed. The stone facades have been preserved and lined inside with an insulating layer of concrete based on foamed recycled glass (Misapor). This insulating lining forms the new load-bearing structure, reinforces the old stone walls and provides thermal insulation. The parts of the facade formerly of timber weatherboarding have been replaced by a monolithic wall of insulating concrete with formwork which reproduces the former texture of the timber.
The former window apertures have been retained and some larger windows added in order to let more natural light into the main interior spaces and to provide views over the surrounding landscape. These new windows are flush with the exterior in order to minimize their impact on the volume of the building, as well as to emphasize and make good use of the substantial thickness of the walls.
With its good thermal insulation, controlled ventilation and energy from renewable sources, this renovation complies with the Swiss “Minergie” energy conservation standard. 23 square meters of solar panels on the roof produce about 35% of the annual heating requirement (heating and hot water).
In harmony with the exterior, the interior is formed from unrefined mineral materials, with its natural stone, exposed concrete and polished screed floors. Only a few elements, such as the kitchen or the sanitary fittings, are in contrast to this character.
Photos: Thomas Jantscher
This fabulous flat spotted on Nuevo Estilo is situated in the Malasaña, the cultural center of Madrid, Spain. This old apartment preserves the ingredients of the district where you will find an open plan design with a fun, alternative and retro atmosphere. The new organization retains elements of the past, such as hand-carved pillars or wooden shutters with two leaves, so typical of the traditional architecture. Spaces without doors are communicated through large openings that let in light and provide a feeling of spaciousness. The interior also breathes this nostalgic aura, although it has been lightened with a vibrant start-up scene full of light and modern solutions.
The owner, who works as artistic director of the recording studio Universal Music, was personally commissioned to find a style for the house that takes into consideration their love of art and music. “I wanted it to be comfortable, with antique office furniture that I love,” he explains. The owner wanted to provide a good setting for contemporary art. Artists such as Chillida and Richard Serra coexist with delicious vintage objects recovered from flea markets or donated by friends and family: “my brother bought me the map of Catalonia when I came to Madrid and my mother, the kitchen scale.” The Bohemian chic home is full of memories, warmth and ingenuity in furniture and recovered objects with achieves a uniqueness that sparks emotion.
Astley Castle originally served as the royal family’s fortified manor for three generations before being turned into a hotel in World War 2 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom. After years of abandon, it became a ruined curiosity for those who knew of its location, serving as an unofficial impromptu venue for a range of activities until The Landmark Trust – a building preservation charity – proposed to restore the structure. They hosted a competition inviting architects to submit their ideas for the renovation of the residence and accompanying mote, entry gateway, curtain walls, lake, church, and vestiges of Elizabethan pleasure gardens. London-based Witherford Watson Mann Architects were chosen to carry out the project, breathing a new life into the ancient construction. The design tackled big questions regarding renovations, especially given a project of this scale: what will the relationship be between the old and new, and how can the new structure fortify the collapsing edifice?
The design strategy aimed to reoccupy the old residence, to re-institute the spaces as they had historically been used, retaining as much of the original feel of the space as possible. Brick became the material of choice for the intervention as it matched the idea of the first construction but retained a visually evident difference. it also allowed the new construction to transition into the old masonry elements following the uneven joints created by the dilapidated walls. Construction crew worked hand in hand with archaeologists to excavate the site in preparation for the insertion of new materials. Large concrete lintels and other larger structural members had to be craned in from outside the mote, which also complicated the construction process. Cintec ties were used to strengthen existing walls without adding any visible structure with a process that includes drilling holes into the partitions and filling them with a steel rod and expanding cementitious grout.
The site is owned by The Landmark Trust and its holiday accommodation can be booked at a rate of $1,015.00, for four nights sleeping up to eight people.
Photos: Courtesy of The Landmark Trust
House on the house or Forum Limbach is an old farm house in Limbach im Burgenland, Austria designed by Looping Architecture. The farmyard was expanded by an architecturally exciting chapter; the annex serves as a discussion forum and venue. On top sits the upper storey as “house on the house” with the principal’s private rooms. The new building, fitted into the historically grown farmyard structure, closes the rural square edifice and at the same time opens up the previously enclosed inner yard. This apparently contradictory double function is made possible by the building’s clever horizontal bisection. The “house on the house”, entirely clad in a red polyurethane skin, faces east-west, the necessary rotation out of the original property’s axes emphasizes that it is a newcomer in the conglomerate. It is accessed via a self-supporting stairway quoting the ladders which belong to the farmyard image. In the farmyard’s biography, the annex project marks a visionary new beginning without overwriting the property’s naturalness.