Connected by a stunning open wood-and-steel staircase that ends up being the most prominent feature of the rejuvenated the interior is filled with natural light which finds its way through the attic and the second level on to the bottom floor.
There are plenty of occasions when we have seen a dreary heritage home being transformed into a stylish contemporary residence that retains the charm of the original construction. But it is rare to find one of these classic homes being altered into a modern house that is also energy-savvy and planet-friendly. Revamped and extended by Tziallas Omeara Architecture Studio the in Australia is one such rare gem that utilizes green technology and smart design to alter its existing ambiance and effectively become a zero-energy home!
To further improve ventilation without sacrificing space the old light shaft was replaced by a cool walkable glass slab on the second level. The attic-level bedrooms enjoy a flood of natural light thanks to the presence of six roof windows even as the original timber structure here was preserved and restored. Repairs to the roof were carried out to improve the insulation of the house and avoid any future leaks while a simple color palette and Scandinavian-style décor give the home an inviting and polished appeal.
Bringing together two contrasting worlds and a window into both majestic mountains and the bustling cityscape the relaxing on the outskirts of is truly exceptional. Nestled on a sloped site the design of the home by I/O Architects ensures that most of its open outdoor space is hidden from the street view even as the hidden second level beneath the ground level offers additional privacy. Much of the house has been designed to honor this delicate balance between smart views and sufficient privacy as wood glass and dark metal shape the residence’s inimitable exterior.
Sliding glass doors and roof overhangs combine to extend the living area outside and create a seamless indoor-outdoor interplay. It is the ground floor that houses the living area kitchen dining room puja room and additional public spaces while the top floor holds the master suite additional bedrooms and the kids’ rooms.
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 one thing to turn to the adaptive reuse of old structures and transform an abandoned warehouse or an aged church into a beautiful modern home. But this task becomes even more challenging when an old upholsterer’s workshop that is just 12m X 3.7m needs to be altered into an inviting contemporary residence.