Turning an old apartment into an industrial setting that was originally built to serve as a fire station is a challenging task that demands a sensitive balance between past and present. Nestled in a cozy neighborhood of Old this stylish loft apartment was transformed by Manon Bélanger by combining its inimitable past and industrial charm with modern aesthetics and comfy décor. The result is a distinctly masculine space that delights you with a wide array of textures ranging from exposed brick walls to stainless steel surfaces and warm wooden tones.
Sculptural lighting additions like the iconic David Trubridge pendant provide visual contrast along with the chic tiled backsplash in the kitchen. A relaxing color scheme coupled with curated pops of color complete the – a cozy dwelling that acts as a perfect suburban oasis.
A two-story vertical bar is the pivot around which the entire house is designed with one side of it containing the living areas and the others holding the service spaces. Two gardens one at the front and the other at the back provide plenty of space for the family members to enjoy the tranquil outdoors with the open living area acting as a bridge between the two. Internal partitions have been kept down to a minimum with even the top level only holding a single master bedroom along with an open sleeping space next to it.
It is the second level (cleverly hidden into the slope of the lot) that holds the master bedroom kids’ bedrooms and guest bedrooms even as one finds a seamless connection between both floors of the Pagoda House. A smart home that is both practical in design and fascinating in its form!
With an L-shaped structure there is plenty of room here for a fabulous rear garden and poolscape that was shaped by Arterra Landscape Architects. The pool becomes a part of the interior thanks to the series of large sliding glass doors and walls that make up a continuous and transparent ‘wall’ delineating the interior from the outdoors.
The original brick façade of the house was considerably altered by turning the old veranda at the front into a fabulous timber screen that offers complete privacy to those inside. The slated timber addition not only helps create a sense of privacy but it also filters in sunlight and manages to deliver that fine balance between a cool living environment and a light-filled cheerful interior.
With a spacious garage and home workspace this 2-bedroom 3-bathroom residence will set you back and if you happen to live in the neighborhood you can even check it out firsthand this Sunday before making the final call! Giving a 1960’s home in the bustling neighborhood of Sydney a smart modern makeover Bijl Architecture turned to innovative design and sweeping alfresco spaces to create a stylish contemporary family home.