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.
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.
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.
There are plenty of design aficionados across the world who dream about living in a ‘renovated warehouse’ that combines modern comfort with industrial aesthetics and timeless charm. This of course is not always possible because of property costs availability and the additional demands of a smart renovation. Cutting across these awkward corners and creating a breezy living atmosphere the designed by ALTS Design Office presents a brand new contemporary residence as a renovated warehouse-inspired setting.
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.
Coming to the green credentials of the house it is passive heating and cooling technology coupled with top-notch insulation that ensure the temperature inside the home remains more or less constant during both the summer and winter months. With 35kW of solar panels providing more power than consumed by the household this Aussie home ends up keeping its carbon footprint down to an absolute minimum!
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.