It is Crittall windows and doors that play a crucial role in shaping the form of this new addition even while ensuring that its timeless appeal and traditional aura are not completely lost. These elegant dark steel-framed windows perfectly complement the brick walls of the original structure and also give the a slight industrial appeal.
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.
A patio next to the staircase that connects the two levels of the house charms you with a vintage car on display while a small entrance leads to the main level on the ground floor. A series of courtyards gardens and small walkways creates a refreshing outdoor space where a stunning pool and a shaded outdoor lounge become the focal point of all activity.
Even the best architects in the world at times emulate nature’s design in the form of biomimicry to create contemporary masterpieces while us more ‘ordinary’ folks turn to the many colors found in the natural world in search of decorating inspiration.
Dubbed the original apartment was renovated way back in the 70’s and with time poorly planned additions and restorations turned it into a dark and boring space. Its new owners wanted a refreshing bright and inviting interior where the original charm of the loft was preserved enhanced and married with breezy modernity.
A new basement level was added and the existing roof was extended creating two additional levels in the limited space available. The light-filled basement that extends into the private rear yard contains the new open plan living area along with the kitchen and dining room.
The new addition contains within it a kitchen that becomes the ‘social zone’ of the house along with the dining room and the living area. A series of sliding glass doors connect the home with the central courtyard and the rear pool retreat that also contains a spacious wooden deck barbecue zone and outdoor dining space.