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.
Adaptive reuse of old structures brings much more than just cost-effective and planet-friendly housing. These revitalized and revamped buildings offer a chance to shape a unique blend of styles and textures and to incorporate innovative features that simply do not find space in newly built contemporary homes.
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.
Converting the concrete firewater tank in the attic was another stroke of genius that gives the home an air of luxury while the boudoir-style bedroom clad in bright purple and pink takes you back in time almost instantly. With bookshelves crafted from reused structural beams and large industrial-style windows that usher in ample light this dashing loft brings together several different contrasting worlds in a grand fashion.
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.
Even though typical industrial design elements like exposed brick walls and large windows with dark frames have not been used the presence of metallic surfaces in the kitchen and the use of Edison bulb lighting give the interior a relaxed industrial vibe.
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.