House Little Venice is a matt black zinc and glass contemporary building attached to a former coach house designed by James Wells Architects, located in Little Venice, London. Bounded by secret walled gardens, this new residential building replaces a derelict warehouse that had once been a joinery shop for an antique furniture company. The interior design of the new home acknowledges the industrial heritage of the site with bespoke fixtures and unusual finishes, employing the best of British craftsmanship.
From the architect: The west garden is accessed through French windows from the coach house and is planted in the Victorian Romantic style with an auricula theatre. The east garden is accessed via a hydraulic glass panel and responds to the modernist lines of the new building with structured planting, floating levels, steel water features and specially designed concrete furniture. The garden is thus made to feel like an external room – an extension of the main living space.
A discreet door in a side wall off a quiet side street provides the entrance to this extraordinary one bedroom house. An unassuming Victorian coach house built of London stock brick with exposed timber trusses has been retained and restored to provide a bedroom suite while the rest of the house has been newly built. The entire project took eighteen months to complete due to structural requirements as well as the bespoke nature of the details, one-off fixtures and finishes.
To the rear is a surprising, modern space bathed in natural light from a hydraulic pivoting wall of glass and a large skylight. The structure and mechanics are exposed and steelwork is left unfinished; polished concrete combines with black brickwork to create a post-industrial setting. The structural glass floor allows natural light and a visual link to an underground library and screening room below.
In the coach house the sleeping quarters are set in a theatrical dark space with an Alice in Wonderland play on scale. Dramatic double height wall panelling, exposed timber trusses, reclaimed parquet floors from the demolished warehouse and an oversized roaring fireplace are lit by a vast 1960s chandelier of cast yellow and white glass. Exposed engineered winches and cable mechanisms raise a bespoke metal and glass lantern and a plasma screen.
A deliberate duality contrasts the moods of the private and public areas. A massive pivoting brick wall finished in engineering brickwork links these two contrasting worlds.
The underground library and screening room showcases a chestnut leather conversation pit is sunk into the polished concrete floor embraced by the soft glow from the surrounding shelves of books and artifacts.
Photos: Courtesy of James Wells Architects
This project involved the conversion of a Shoreditch Warehouse by Chris Dyson Architects to create a family home, located in Shoreditch, a district in the historic East End of London, England. The proposal included the removal of a modern shed to the rear and a reinstatement of a courtyard at the rear of the property to bring natural light into the bedroom and en-suite. The industrial style home is comprised of 5,381 square feet (500 square meters) of living space.
To bring light deeper into the ground floor study space an existing lantern roof-light was replaced, walk on roof-light fitted flush with the adjacent new terrace. Inclined translucent panels installed below a new mesh access stair brings light even deeper into the plan.
A new timber privacy screen was introduced to shield views and noise to neighbouring properties while the enjoyment of the terrace and courtyard is experienced internally with the introduction of double glazed steel framed doors at ground level and double pivot doors to the new terrace.
CDA was founded in 2004 by Chris Dyson, a former senior designer at Sir James Stirling and Michael Wilford Associates, and more recently at Sir Terry Farrell and Partners. The practice is based in the historic Spitalfields area of London, where Dyson has lived and worked for 20 years, and where many of the practice’s early projects are located.
Photos: Peter Londers
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
The Inverted Warehouse Townhouse is a spectacular addition and renovation by Dean Wolf Architects of a TriBeCa, New York loft building. Conceived as an excavation of dissipating energy, three double story volumes are voided from the center of the building. Into this 10,500 square foot space are hung self structuring corten steel panels which are layered, shingle-style. The layering of the shingles allows for frameless burgundy wall art glass to float down through the walls. The downward dissipation culuminates in the double story book shelves which hang into the children’s playroom. Countering the downward hanging of spaces is a courtyard layer of silicone glazed glass which delicately lifts to the skyline.
The main entry is onto the fifth floor where two sequences separate public and private routes: the upward route joins the public spaces while the downward route travels to bedrooms, playrooms, and study.
Photos: Paul Warchol
Bermondsey Warehouse Loft is situated in an industrial building that was formerly used as a tin and zinc factory, completely refitted by FORM Design Architecture in Bermondsey, a district in south London, United Kingdom. The industrial character and scale had previously been lost beneath raised floors, lowered ceilings and partitions in this 1,119 square foot (110 square meters loft).
Storage, bathroom & utility functions are contained within a sharply-detailed block ‘parked’ in the corner of the now fully revealed Loft space, with a similarly detailed linear kitchen counter block. A concealed sliding wall allows the sleeping area to be enclosed if required. At the other end, a full width counter provides a work area for the photographer owner. In between are flexible zones for dining, relaxing and exercise.
Apart from the unfinished floorboards, all surfaces are finished in white, the crisp machine-made quality of the solid acrylic blocks setting them apart from the more hand-made and time-weathered surface textures of the original industrial building. Surface finishes within the service block are in dark grey, accenting the idea of a fruit or jewel-case-like object with a smooth exterior skin contrasting with a darker, sensual core.
When tastefully designed, a warehouse conversion can provide a strong visual appeal to a dwelling, which is the case with this inspiring property in Fitzroy, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. An exceptional inner city home with ground level double garage, cellar space and laundry are all about convenience. On all the upper levels, luxury is the key. Three large first floor bedrooms, each with built in robes, share a beautifully appointed central bathroom while on the second floor, fabulous living/dining dimensions and a dedicated study/home office zone are framed by soaring ceilings and evocative original beams. An open plan kitchen featuring stainless steel surfaces and smeg appliances adds its own sense of style. Above, the main bedroom’s glamorous en-suite and walk in robes are complemented by bi-fold doors to superb wrap around terraces with views towards the city, but even better 360 degree outlooks accompany a sensational roof-top entertaining area, enhanced by plumbing and BBQ kitchen.
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This bedroom has a wonderful indoor / outdoor connection, not to mention fabulous views being on the roof deck level of the home.
Crane Building Penthouse has been designed by Giulietti Schouten Architects, located within the urban core of Portland, Oregon, nestled atop the historic 1909 Crane Building, an old brick plumbing warehouse. This seventh floor 2,500 square foot penthouse has established views of the city, bridges and west hills but its historic status restricted any changes to the exterior or window and door locations. Further limitations included maintaining all existing plumbing locations and staying within the existing ceiling framing.
With their three kids leaving for college, this husband and wife wanted to shed their life of their large suburban house and start anew in the heart of the active Pearl District. Even though their current house was close to their high-pressure work in the High-Tech field they desired to distance themselves and create a sort of “urban refuge above the city”, a personal retreat where they both could entertain and work on occasion as well as provide a home for their grown-up children.
Key Plan Concepts:
Reclaimed Australian Chestnut flooring was chosen for its warmth, while Dark Sapele at the built-ins, entry and sliding gallery door provides a sharp contrast to the white stone counters. The clients requested the mudroom/pantry to be hidden yet accessible to reduce clutter and noise within the open living areas.
The design needed to create a functional open living/dining/kitchen and media area for both entertaining and working. The dining and kitchen area especially needed to be expandable for family gatherings and contracting for daily use. Recessed automated roller-shades screen the afternoon west light, and help maintain clean lines.
The various vaulted ceilings were retained to maximize daylight and wrapped in clear cedar to give warmth and further define the many unusual ceiling angles. A custom welded steel fireplace with an oil-rubbed finish was designed to be the visual anchor of the living room. The intent was to contrast it with the concrete walls while connecting it to the notion of exposed steel in the original building.
A custom sliding sapele screen at the entry provides immediate privacy for the bedrooms when entertaining yet also invites guests to “discover” the gallery on the other side where the original steel and concrete structure were left exposed.
Photos: David Papazian
Eastman Street residence is a stunning warehouse conversion situated in Northcote, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Formerly the Northcote Bakery stables, this superbly executed conversion offers expansive living on a vast double allotment 3,681 square feet (342 square meters). The property is unique in having a large side garden with louvred-roof dual covered parking which doubles as an outdoor entertaining space. The nineteenth-century stables building has been imaginatively reconfigured to incorporate a spectacular upper level living and dining space, commercial-style kitchen and bathroom. Downstairs, the entry area leads off one on side to a fitted laundry/utility room and a second bathroom; overlooking the garden is a spacious living room. Three bedrooms (the main with dressing room), a second bathroom and a large storage room complete an imaginative and thoroughly functional design. Interior details include the original trusses, wooden doors and Baltic floor and polished concrete floors. This remarkable property is listed for sale from here, while the link lasts!
House in a Warehouse is a new dwelling in an old warehouse shell designed to be a garden oasis by Splinter Society Architecture in Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia. The ‘interior’, a considered reassembly of parts from the site, extends beyond the new infill skin, to the periphery of the existing warehouse walls, inviting the outside in. From the architects, ” Both architect and client strongly believe in compact urbanism, combined with green spaces and a sustainable approach to living, as part of a happier way of life. The client brief asked for a highly sustainably house, executed in a clean and contemporary way and a ‘warehouse feel’, minus the cliches of industrial off-the-shelf purchases.
The strategy to meet the brief and concept involved creating a layered system of screens and frames that split the site and lift the living spaces of the house, creating views to green spaces and established gardens beyond. The site was a 200 square meters landlocked warehouse, built to all boundaries and entered via a new residential development. It’s a dense inner urban setting, where the design solution allows the notion of ‘interior’ to extend beyond the infill, to the periphery of the warehouse walls, inviting the outside in.”
The ‘interior’, a considered reassembly of parts from the existing warehouse, creates an aesthetic of texture and warmth referencing the property’s historical context. The resultant budget conscious house is open, spacious; light filled and a pleasure to be in. The resultant budget conscious house is open, spacious; light filled and a pleasure to be in.
Photos: Tom Ross of Brilliant Creek
This stunning Kerr Street Residence is situated in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. The property is comprised of one warehouse, two titles and two houses to be sold as one. Each residence features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open living room with great northerly light and its own unique character with balconies, roof deck, garden and like some twins one is a lot bigger than the other. Live in one, rent the other, kids in one, you in the other, work in one, live in the other or rent them both; the choice is yours. In addition there is room for up to five cars. You can’t get away from the fact that this is a never to be repeated chance to purchase a converted warehouse hidden within plain sight in the heart of Fitzroy.
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