The of the home was given a fresh new lease of life and even the rear façade was given a novel yet classic look that was achieved using dark grey bricks. While the traditional townhouse appeal of the residence was left untouched on the outside the interiors paint an entirely different picture. Spread across three existing levels and a new fourth level that was added to provide open-air patios the house combines warm wooden surfaces with sleek decor and contemporary design to create an inviting ambiance.
The architects from ensured that the classic Victorian-style street façade of the house remained intact along with the bedrooms in the main house. Instead they capitalized on the additional space in the rear and crafted a trendy and contemporary glass extension that now houses the living room kitchen and the spacious dining area.
Simple straight lines and smart cubic structures have become an integral part of contemporary design in the last decade or two and embraces this approach while presenting an interesting textural and visual contrast. Exposed raw concrete walls are combined with large glass walls and wooden slats on the outside to blend the visually heavy elements with lighter elements. This approach also allows the architects to create a series of spaces that alternate between complete privacy and a sense of openness.
Smooth concrete and beech plywood shape the interiors of the house while lumpy polyurethane foam covered in semi-gloss paint forms the skin of the house on the outside. Large glass windows are a defining trait of the house and let the constantly changing sights and sounds outside become an integral part of the interior.
But that is not where the wooden wonder ends as the floorboards made from recycled tallow-wood give the home a hint of green goodness and sustainability. Spread across two spacious levels the living areas are housed on the top floor to ensure that the homeowners can enjoy the best possible views throughout the day.
Exposed brick walls add to the overall appeal of this penthouse that borrows generously from vintage Art Deco industrial and rustic design elements. Yet state-of-the art appliances and contemporary services are seamlessly intertwined in this setting.
The fine balancing act between giving a classic home a gorgeous contemporary extension yet keeping the aura of the original structure intact is indeed a tricky affair. Located in the saw the addition of a savvy and practical modern living space to an existing double fronted. While the street façade of the original house was kept intact the new extension took shape in the rear taking maximum advantage of every inch of available space.