This industrial style home-studio of an artist is a warehouse conversion offering a wealth of refreshing ideas and natural light, located in Montreal, Quebec. In this former warehouse import-export, furniture, works of art, recycled objects and curiosities that were collected by the owner create an unclassifiable inside, eclectic, where visitors can peruse with pleasure.
During the course of the renovation, the structure was retained as well as some other elements – concrete floor, ceiling slats – like pieces of heritage. It is the owner who made the place transformation plans; they were then validated by a technician in architecture before receiving approval from the municipality.
“Draw environments excites me since childhood, says the owner. I love playing with space, volume, understand the path of the light. And then reconfigure this former warehouse presented a huge challenge, particularly the successful cross between a workplace and a place of life. “
The new space highlights generous windows, authentic materials, loft spaces that the artist particularly likes, high ceilings up to 13 feet across and white walls. “Because of my work, I need this neutrality, this lack of stimulation by color.”
The House and Studio is the result of sharing a house where the owner and her husband lived before their separation. Currently, the woman occupies a space of 3,200 square feet with her little girl, whose birth three years ago prompted her to make some adjustments. “I like to get things moving, the house is alive. This is a work in progress. “
Photos: Angus McRitchie / DecorMag
This charming holiday home decorated in a chic Nordic style is full of warmth, dressed in a casual and comfortable style, located in a residential area on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Although there were not any changes made structurally, the owner did have some interior renovations made before moving in, enlisting the help of the company Consultants of Projects and Design as well as interior designer Carolina Verdugo Svensson, who advised on the decor.
The pleasant smell of wood, warm view of the fire in the fireplace, soft feel of textiles tastefully chosen and melodic birdsong garden are elements that awaken the senses and make this house a cozy space. Newly built and open plan loft, his young owner was very clear that his idea was to get a comfortable, cheerful and bright home.
On one level with garden, the house features an open area where living, dining and kitchen are organized, and a partially separated space where there is a en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
In order to further enhance the natural light that enters the garden through the large windows throughout the house-except the floor of the kitchen and bathroom which have tile, natural hard wood flooring was installed, the walls were painted in a tan tone and doors in white. On the other hand, with the idea of maximizing space and providing privacy to the private areas of the home, the designer created custom furniture in the kitchen and to delineate the living room from the bedroom, designed original wooden furniture.
Scandinavian formula: As for the decor, simplicity, harmony and warmth typical of the northern countries of Europe, when decorating their homes are the hallmarks of all environments. Thus, the various rooms are equipped with modern designed furnishings with pieces of vintage air and others made with recovered materials. Meanwhile, textiles with different materials (suede, wool, cashmere) have been responsible for giving a warm and natural touch. This freshness, originality and Nordic style is also reflected in the Christmas decoration based on few but chosen ornaments, made a tree branch with a garden and a detail with a lot of magic: the many candles scattered strategically with its light illuminating all corners.
Photos: Carlos Yagüe for Casadiez
House in a Urban Jungle is the conversion and stock-piling of a 1969 bungalow by design firm Dreimeta, surrounded by lush vegetation in Augsburg, Germany. Built in 2013, the residence is spread out over three levels, comprised of 3,229 square feet (300 square meters) of living space.
Task: The gentle clearance and stock-piling in the contemporary 1969 architectural style with modern technologies.
Idea and solution: What would the former architect with all our contemporary possibilities do and how?
Success: The character of the home is preserved and it’s personality and skills have been developed.
Dreimeta was founded by Armin Fischer. His team of creative minds works on international projects and on local or regional tasks alike. Dreimeta’s aim is to create rooms with their own identity and character. Our approach: to add an emotional appeal to the room – with interior design that tells tales and touches your senses. But we are no dreamers. Functionality is always part of our concept and sometimes leads to unexpected design solutions.
Most of our tasks originate from the hotel and gastronomy industry or shop/office design concepts. Time and again we take on work for private clients. The Dreimeta network is interdisciplinary; depending on our task, we call in further specialists to work with us in mutual collaboration. A cross-over of architects, interior designers, gastronomes, designers, marketing experts and psychologists bring the necessary input for individual solutions with a different outcome each time. Our promise: we use our ideas for a courageous interpretation and fortification of our client’s identity and philosophy.
Photos: Dreimeta / Armin Fischer
Can Manuel d’en Corda is a contemporary remodel and extension of a traditional stone wall house designed by Marià Castelló Martínez, located on the island of Formentera, Spain. The 6,407 square foot (595.3 square meters) residence is situated on a plot of 19,060 square meters of rustic nature in the area of the Vénda des Cap de Barbaria.
The most significant pre-existing conditions, which have been maintained and enhanced through the project, are a small forest of pines and junipers located in the west area of the estate and the old house Can Manuel de’n Corda, which reflects the scheme type of the domestic vernacular architecture developed in Formentera between the late eighteenth and mid nineteenth century. The volume of the main body with simple pitched roof gable and southeast orientation, and its roots in the landscape through the traditional dry stone walls, highlight the link between this type of building with the farms next to which they were located.
The extensive briefing for the project has been arranged so that while exhaust the urban parameters allowed by the current planning, it distorts as little as possible the existing house and, simultaneously, has its volume so that it has less presence possible from the immediate fragile environment. This has been possible through the use of a fragmented volumes available on ground floor in non-orthogonal disposition, offsetting in midsection plant about the level of the existing house,and adapted to the topography as well as keeping intact the facades characteristics of this architectural style ( southeast and northwest facades, where they were all original openings). This will resort to the ends that were originally blind (northeast and southwest facades) for connections to pieces of new creation, and to realize the new openings that allow better use of natural light.
Although it has been maintained the original main entrance of the house with its southeast orientation, at a strategic level the new house turns its back on the road which limit with the plot by the East side. Thus the extension of the home overlooks enjoys the best views to the northwest, which overlooks the island of Es Vedra, an iconic element of the southern skyline of the neighboring island of Ibiza.
In the original house have been maintained the common areas (living, dining, kitchen and terraces), while on the ground floor of the expansion have been concentrated the bedrooms and service rooms (laundry, cellar, pantry , etc …) and technical premises on the basement.
Photos: Estudi Es Pujol de s’Era
Duane Street Duplex is a stunning contemporary home renovation completed by architecture studio wUNDERground, located in the heart of TriBeCa, New York. The family home is comprised of two adjacent three bedroom apartments boasting stunning 18 foot arched windows and serene park views. The downtown family purchased the apartments amid a developer’s building renovation.
To synthesize 4,200 square feet of real estate, the spaces were rescaled and modified to create a custom loft home. Fixtures, finishes, and details were all altered from the developer’s standard to accommodate the owners’ modern tastes.
We worked on site with the developer’s builders to incorporate the primary changes, then engaged specialty contractors to complete the space. We dedicated extensive attention to resolving all of the unique conditions resulting from the exposed irregular structural grid and complex conversion infrastructure.
After multiple stages of renovation, this unique loft evolved into a truly stunning modern home, complete with custom millwork, centralized control systems, and specialty details throughout.
wUNDERground is a Brooklyn-based, design architecture studio specializing in private homes and distinctive commercial, restaurant, and retail interiors in the New York City area.
The studio approaches every project from a design perspective without losing site of sensible, practical problem solving. Our explorations often result in radically rethinking existing plans and the way they are used. We strive to achieve design focus and visual clarity by curating existing architectural elements, spatial characteristics, and client possessions and supporting them in an appropriately scaled and detailed context of a generally modern, refined, contemporary aesthetic
Photos: Courtesy of wUNDERground
This classic alpine home was designed as a getaway for a Florida couple and their family by Worth Interiors, located at Beaver Creek, in Avon, Colorado. The home is situated so perfectly that the couple can stand on their terrace and watch the skiers come down the slopes of the Beaver Creek Resort. In addition to their stellar views, they also enjoy the generous proportions of the rambling house that was previously remodeled by architect Eric Johnson. The house had a lot of dark wood, so in the brief the clients requested a design scheme that was lighter and brighter and more in keeping with who they are. They wanted to push the envelope and go as contemporary as they could within the building envelope. The designer employed unexpected materials such as grass cloth in the bathroom to embroidered vinyl in the guest room and a silver metallic sheen in the living room.
Also unexpected is the repeated use of cowhide the designer deftly employed with a modern twist. The living room is grounded with a patchwork cowhide rug, alder panels in the master suite’s sitting area were stained dark and fitted with brown cowhide inlays, and the bed is backed with white paneling filled with ivory cowhide. “When you go contemporary, you still have to be respectful of the location and the architecture,” states the designer of his innovative use of the iconic western material. “It also helps to have clients who are brave enough to try layers of dark and light woods, plaster, grass cloth and cowhide.”
“We salvaged a lot of the original building’s structural materials, popped it up and out in every direction and nearly doubled the square footage,” says Johnson, who also added more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor living areas. And according to builder Robert Kehr, those commodious rooms and outdoor spaces made a dramatic difference. “The house has three large suites all with spa bathrooms, and the master has a personal deck with a privacy fence and hot tub,” he says.
In the spacious living room of a Vail Valley home, the designer chose tactile materials that complement the wall’s stone detailing. A cowhide rug from Stark grounds a sitting area where a leather-covered Dunne daybed by Troscan Design Furnishings pairs with a custom tufted ottoman.
The designer gave the kitchen a contemporary feel by painting the island cabinetry black to play off the existing granite countertop and redid the perimeter counters in honed black granite. The Guy Chaddock hand-forged iron chandelier, which features natural burlap and leather lacing, was procured through Town.
Clean lines define the Ted Boerner dining table, purchased through Town, and Jiun Ho chairs, which are covered with durable Joseph Noble Great Fake leather. A Roll & Hill chandelier composed of 12 ceramic antlers lends a whimsical western accent.
The master suite’s sitting area is outfitted with a Kennedy sectional sofa by Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman and a sturdy coffee table from Taracea. The Stark ikat rug, from Town, lends a punch of color and pattern to the space.
In the master bedroom, the headboard is upholstered with Joseph Noble fabric and stands against a wall custom paneled with hide, chrome and lacquer. The custom table is by Altura Furniture, and the Antoine Proulx chair combines a wood-and-copper frame with a metallic from Edelman Leather.
A lamp from Ralph Pucci International lights the Milo Baughman chairs and ottoman from Thayer Coggin that flank the master bedroom’s antique limestone fireplace. The linen drapes feature the same Romo fabric in two colors.
In the second master bath, an alder vanity topped with dark marble is paired with a chair from Arteriors Home. Crystal sconces by Barbara Barry for Kallista illuminate the Phillip Jeffries grass-cloth wallcovering.
In the game room, tufted patent- leather vinyl wraps around a bar, which is crowned with a glowing Caesarstone top from the Concetto Collection. Benches and bar stools from Four Hands offer comfortable seating.
Photos: Kimberly Gavin
River Road Renovation is a riverside house in the woods designed by Peninsula Architects, in Moreland Hills, an affluent suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The lot is very secluded, nestled across from the Chagrin River. The 3 acres are mostly wooded, with trails, ridges and plenty of wildlife, so they asked the architects to draw up plans that showed off the Chagrin Valley. A glass room addition led to a full house remodel that kept a family of three out of the house for a year while work continued. The challenge was to incorporate elements created in the new room into the existing spaces and rooms in the house.
The family room addition is the part of the home in which the family spends most of their time, which they have dubbed the “Tree House” because of how its wooden ceiling and open space complement the wooded view. Bringing the outdoors inside was the main focus for the family room and connecting dining room, which was built to resemble a farm silo.
A modern-day tree house vibe was achieved with a high-arched, wooden beam ceiling and walls of windows all around.
The intricate design, which has no framework, required the skill of builder Dennis Baughman. He achieved an exposed interior look by using galvanized I-beams (that also double as glass or candle holders) and a high-arched wooden beam ceiling with walls of windows.
The client’s also tried to make their renovations as sustainable as possible. Geothermal heating was installed, low VOC paint and reclaimed wood or FSC-certified wood was used. When it came time for the interior design, it was all about marrying clean, traditional and contemporary looks.
As it’s my belief that the locale should dictate the feel of the house, materials were chosen to heighten the experience of being in a country environment without being cliche about it. The barn siding is typical in this part of Ohio and the pebbles are the same as you would find in the river across the street. Such choices gave the house character. — John Florian Koncar Interiors
Photos: Courtesy of Peninsula Architects
Sympathetically dividing up the open plan space provided zoned living areas. Lindsey celebrated the existing period features of the property whilst brining it upto date with the clean lines, materials and finishes she’s used. Soft lighting illuminates the vaulted ceiling whilst “working lights” help zone each living space. The result is a calm, sleek environment which blends old with new and the internal space with the gardens.
Photos: Rachael Smith
430 House is the contemporary renovation of a 1981 Vancouver Special house designed by D’Arcy Jones Architecture, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The residence was built on a 33 foot wide lot, which retained the entire foundation and structure of the house. The 2,500 square foot interior layout was flipped, moving the kitchen, dining and living areas from the upper floor down to the main floor, so the most important interior spaces could be at grade.
A new parallel-parking open carport was built off the lane, to preserve more of the back yard for a new landscaped garden and terrace. The house was wrapped in a new exterior skin with carefully placed windows, to connect all interior spaces to the front and back yards. This house that was once dark and generic is now filled with light and air.
Our studio enthusiastically approaches each new project as a chance to create something unique. Playing with materials and form to come up with unexpected results, we work tirelessly to design projects that are innovative, durable and inviting. Tweaking time-tested ways of building, we create buildings and spaces that can be built with conventional construction methods. Our clients work with a very small team and enjoy the personal involvement of D’Arcy at all stages of design and construction. We are optimists, seeing the past as a continuum to connect with and be inspired by, and seeing the future as something that can be improved incrementally.
Photos: Sama Jim Canzian
Mosman House is an extension project by Anderson Architecture, in collaboration with MacKenzie Design Studio, located in Mosman, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The project involved opening up the existing rear half of the house to better engage with the backyard. As the rear of the house faces north, the extension was designed to capitalize on passive solar techniques to reduce heating and cooling costs. These techniques include north facing windows which allow sunlight to pass into the house and onto the thermally massive green-concrete slab which stores heat, thereby reducing heating costs during winter.
The use of sustainable, recycled and locally sourced timber and hardwoods featured throughout the project for finishes, shingles and flooring, most notably on the staircase to the first floor. The extensive use of LED and low-watt light fittings, complimented with solar hydronic floor and water heating, which both minimize the amount of electricity needed to power the house.
The use of low VOC paint on the project’s steelwork during construction minimized the amount of harmful vapors released into the environment while the 2.1kW photovoltaic solar panels and 32 000L of rainwater storage help make the house more self-sufficient toward electricity and water consumption.
Photos: Courtesy of Anderson Architecture
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