Description from the architects: In this home, the main idea of the project by Mood Works, polish architectural studio was to create modern and elegant space, and by combining at the same time feeling, elements and traditional furniture forms from the Italian reinessance architecture.
Natural elements, finest materials and interior colors, organic shapes and textures represent a contemporary feeling in design and decor, bringing unique furniture pieces and fusion of styles into creative, luxurious and personalizes interior design.
In order to create more unified space, the architects decided to use natural wood, which appears in every place in the home, as a bonding that makes the spaces more visualy and physicaly connected.
The soultions, that have been used in this project integrate interior design with home architecture, its nature environment and landscape. Elegance, comfort and pleasure. A space for living, work, relax, receiving visitors and hosting guests.
Photos: Courtesy of Mood Works
Description from the architects: In approaching this project, we studied the composition of the existing building and identified multiple layers added to one another over time. These additions had compressed the living space since the original construction dating back to 1880.
Inside the attic, we found that the current flat roof was built on top of a former sloped roof together reaching a thickness of over five feet which was mixed in with layers of tar.
Through a subtraction process and by replacing the existing structure with new joists, we gained 5 feet of space, therefore making up a 13 foot height on the third floor. The space of the new master bedroom and artist studio gained in natural light with the integration of a ribbon window where the attic was.
Addition: The floor is organized around a small volume wrapped by hemlock shelves obtained through the careful deconstruction of the roof structure. The patina of the aged wood is preserved and highlighted by contrast as the surrounding are composed of abstract white surfaces. The shelves winding around the volume seem to protect a secret. This volume is sliced in two by a tempered glass roof, bringing natural light into the marble tiled shower.
Abstraction and texture: If the main intervention unfolds on the top floor, several situations were identified throughout the house as opportunities for small interventions. Although textures vary, a white paint finish is applied in order to preserve the original textures and the beauty of wooden structures while connecting their various expressions together.
A tailored living space: The changes introduced throughout the house support a contemporary family dynamic. By rethinking space distribution and by integrating moving partitions, the house can adapt to everyday needs with new areas dedicated to children and parents and with added possibilities in terms of privacy. This project puts forward an intervention, which, despite its small scale, expresses with strength and sensitivity the expression of a local architecture. Juliette est aux combles!
Photos: Steve Montpetit
This partly 2 storey home was designed to accommodate an extended family of eight on a relatively modest site within a dense urban context. A bedroom for each of the four children, one for the parents and another possibly for grandparents, generous living spaces and a swimming pool were key to the brief.
Situated in a relatively intact heritage streetscape in Balaclava the project required an approach that restored the street presence of the original Victorian weatherboard, badly disfigured over time and added the spaces required by the family.
The strategy was to divide the house into two discreet buildings, old and new, separated by a large central courtyard and reconnected by a glazed link. The courtyard with its pool, gives the new building its northern aspect and is conceived as an extension of the communal spaces of the home which surround it on three sides. It also bestows the old building a formal autonomy.
The original building fabric was stripped back to its salvageable elements and the footprint reduced to form a seemingly freestanding cottage at the front of the site. The exterior was then carefully restored to its original Victorian character.
Internally spaces of the old house were reconfigured to become an office, library/living room and guest bedroom. The volume of the original structure was exploited in the new layout to create a grand living space.
A new two storey timber clad building was constructed at the rear of the property facing the old cottage across the courtyard and pool. Its angular form, commenced as a response to planning constraints, evolved into a subtle geometry that shaped the envelope and influenced the plan of both buildings.
The family’s bedrooms are accommodated upstairs. At ground floor an irregular open plan of living space flows around large kernels of service space. A glazed link with built in daybed borders the pool exploiting the morning sun.
The original entry was eschewed for a new access sequence leading from the street, down the eastern side of the original house and into the central courtyard. At this point, one is embraced by the home. Full height glazing to three sides allows views into all parts of the ground floor. Entry to the home is via the solid “front” door into the new building.
Should weather permit, glazed panels slide away to open the house out completely, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces. Travertine unifies the floor plane, internally and externally. Timber is celebrated in the beautifully crafted cladding and interior panelling.
This is not a big house. Considered planning and the integration of indoor and outdoor achieve a generosity and variety of communal spaces for the family at odds with the actual size of the building. Private areas are restrained and humble. It is an urban home that functions successfully for a multi-generational family and its evolving needs.
Photos: Peter Clarke
Chinatown Loft is a small apartment renovation re-imagined by architecture firm Buro Koray Duman, located in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. Comprised of 750 square feet, this lovely apartment showcases a bold, sculptural, open plan design.
Once a three bedroom dark renovation from the 1980’s is now a one bedroom plus one-and-a-half bath. The apartment is on the corner of the 5th floor of a tenement building overlooking Sarah Roosevelt Park.
The interior space is divided by a sculptural wave-like wall that houses the laundry, storage and the powder room. The tile in the powder room is bas-relief honey comb and the master bath is an all plate glass enclosure. Most of the walls are exposed brick that has been white-washed, and the flooring is oak.
The team preserved bits of history in the apartment such as leaving traces of vintage wall paper in the kitchen area. The project won the best of the year award for residential spaces in 2011.
Photos: Peter Murdoch
Originally built in 1954 on a gently upsloping lot bordered by a creek, its most distinctive site feature is an old wooden bridge over the creek and the rock walls which carve paths through the site.
The client was interested in maintaining the residence’s historic character while updating it for today’s living standards and code requirements. This required adding more natural light with larger windows and skylights as well as adding a partial second story for a master suite.
Maintaining the wood exterior and mullion patterns of the existing windows settles the addition into the landscape as an example of a very light effect to a sensitive site.
Photos: Jeff Zaruba
Mount Pleasant is a striking home conversion of two connected buildings with a primary focus on music and entertainment by Roundabout Studio, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Completed in September 2014, this fabulous contemporary residence is comprised of 5,480 square feet of living space.
For more than half a century this site was home to Cruickshank’s, a neighbourhood fixture and much-loved flower bulb distributor. Sadly, Cruickshank’s closed in 2001 and vacated the building. A few owners later, a local music enthusiast purchased it, seeing it as an opportunity to revive the site, creating an exciting house with a meaningful presence on the street. In 2012 he commissioned Roundabout Studio to convert the two connected yet disparate buildings into a single cohesive new home with a focus on music and entertainment.
Located directly on a busy Toronto thoroughfare, the house provides shelter from the street, with only a few, carefully placed windows. A long hallway leads to the protected interior foyer, where the home opens up to the sky with a quiet, light-filled interior that belies the building’s location. The main spaces are organized around an interior courtyard and a series of large-scale skylights that help to stream sun into the depths of the building, while retaining a great amount of privacy.
To accommodate large-scale events, the public zone consists of an open plan kitchen and dining room, living room, interior courtyard and a double height performance area, located in the heart of the building. The individual spaces all look upon each other in multiple ways, offering the building a reflexive quality. Depending on how these spaces are utilized, the home feels equally suited for one person or one hundred.
Located above the former cold storage room, the interior courtyard contains a 16′ tall Cor-ten steel light feature that references the building’s former life as a bulb warehouse. The back-lit perforations reveal a group of super sized tulips, a nod to Cruickshank’s reputation for high-quality and interesting tulip bulbs. Facing the street, the perforated window screens are all small sections of the larger pattern, offering an abstract, fragmented glimpse of the feature inside.
Restored to prominence in the neighbourhood, the revitalizing overhaul ensures that the building will remain a proud part of the Toronto streetscape for many years to come.
Photos: Andrew Snow
The Warren Mews Townhouse is a three story high, single family house recently renovated by Ensemble Architecture, located in the neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York. This stunning eleven foot wide, 1,000 square foot home comes complete with a private garden and writer’s shed, perfect for one of the homeowner’s who is a music writer.
The house was selectively gutted and completely transformed to create a luxury home for a married couple and their growing family. The existing garden shed was replaced with a new structure that serves as a writer’s cottage in the garden.
To open up the rooms and bring in more light, the architects demolished a central staircase that was enclosed by walls, and replaced it with an open staircase edged in spindles. Illumination from an expansive new skylight now floods all three levels.
They reclaimed space by stripping away plaster to expose a brick party wall and the original wooden ceiling joists (while concealing electrical wiring by dropping the ceiling between joists in a few select areas).
In keeping with the period, the homeowner sourced vintage pieces like a salvaged bathtub and sink from the Demolition Depot, an antique marble fireplace mantel from Olde Good Things and blue-and-white Portuguese wall tile from Solar Antique Tiles.
The home was purchased for $1.3 million and the renovation cost the homeowners $550,000, to complete, making the two bedroom, two bathroom space seem bigger and brighter.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
Sandringham Residence is a family cottage addition by Techne Architecture in collaboration with Doherty Design Studio, located in Sandringham, a bayside suburb of Auckland City, New Zealand. read more
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