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.
We often find amazing inspiration in life from the most unexpected sources and the ingenious folks at FMD Architects found theirs in the art of tapestry and stitching! Nestled in the iconic Australian city of the is a wonderful example of how one can creatively integrate the old with the new in a seamless fashion thanks to smart design solutions. Nestled on a lot that was just 5 meters (16.4 feet) wide the original was in urgent need of a stylish renovation and extension.
Each room flows into the next in a seamless fashion and the use of black and white ensures that there is as little visual fragmentation as possible. A lovely living area a spacious dining space and a modern kitchen occupy the lower level while a compact staircase leads to the study bedroom and the en suite bath on the top floor.
The brilliant design of this secluded residence is pretty apparent (even from a distance) as a sturdy concrete lower level is merged with a more inviting and appealing wooden structure on top. This concrete level with arched openings contains the ski-in/ski-out entry sauna ski room laundry and the amazing movie screening area. Inspired by traditional European chalets in the Alps the entire residence embraces a traditional and rustic vibe while blending state-of-the-art facilities with timeless aesthetics.
A terrace overlooking the garden connects the new addition with the original house and large glass windows along with smart wooden slats ensure that there is an ideal balance between privacy and beautiful views. The backyard becomes an integral part of the living areas on the lower level that features a gorgeous living space a modern kitchen and an eclectic dining space with an accent brick wall. An outdoor lounge and pergola ensure that the homeowners can take the party outside any time of the day while sweeping social areas indoors promote interaction between family members.
A serene water feature adds to the tranquility of the space and large sliding glass doors lead the way into the double-height dining space. The lower level of the house also features a smart living space and a modern kitchen with a generous serving area.
Large glass doors separate the living areas from the bedrooms and the large sauna bathroom while stainless steel Art Deco doors from a 1920s theater in Hawaii stand tall in the kitchen. The living area Napoleon III chairs tufted sofas in mohair vintage French leather club chairs and industrial-style lighting create a magical and timeless setting.