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.
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.
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.
Designed by ESEcolectivo Arquitectos it is OSB panels and cement boards that have been used extensively in shaping the overall silhouette of this relaxing residence along with carefully placed glass windows. This exceptional blend of contrasting materials and an open design plan make this a one-of-a-kind suburban home!
It is easy to see the many space-saving additions inside this cheerful and light-filled home. The standalone kitchen unit and workstation (sitting under the stairway) the small living area and the multitude of nifty cabinets give the lower-level living area a breezy ambiance.
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.
Another interesting feature is the cool combination of dark gray and pastel pink which transforms the living space into a chic and glamorous setting that borrows from Hollywood science fiction sets. Despite the generous use of gray there is a sense of excitement and energy throughout the loft and nothing feels mundane or far too sterile.