In Hungary was originally built in 1913-15 to serve as a weapon factory. Nestled in a heritage industrial complex the historic building was carefully preserved restored and transformed into a classy and inimitable contemporary home by A+Z Design Studio and an architect and stylist couple.
With an L-shaped structure there is plenty of room here for a fabulous rear garden and poolscape that was shaped by Arterra Landscape Architects. The pool becomes a part of the interior thanks to the series of large sliding glass doors and walls that make up a continuous and transparent ‘wall’ delineating the interior from the outdoors.
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.
The original brick façade of the house was considerably altered by turning the old veranda at the front into a fabulous timber screen that offers complete privacy to those inside. The slated timber addition not only helps create a sense of privacy but it also filters in sunlight and manages to deliver that fine balance between a cool living environment and a light-filled cheerful interior.
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.
A stunning set of terraces created by the series of staggered rooms and roof structures completes a modern masterpiece that responds to local weather and keeps the home cool even during the hot and sultry summer months. Local Kota stone polished cement teak and granite give the interior a cozy calming color scheme and a native touch while décor from the likes of Moooi Moroso and B&B Italia provide the international flavor.
Features such as the space-saving shelves below the stairs and smart kitchen shelving add storage options even as a neutral color scheme anchored in white cuts back on visual fragmentation. Working within existing limitations the architects managed to fashion a cheerful and ergonomic London home that still seems classic at its heart.