Wednesday
Sep192012

Minimalist barn

Rising from the fens of Cambridgeshire is a solid old barn converted to a minimalist home and work space. Old Victorian bricks add an industrial element while OSB (oriented strand board) defines spaces with the larger void and is used to create furniture. Perpendicular to the old barn is a small black clad guest house/studio. The stark, restricted exterior is warmed by an inner lining of OSB echoing the idea of straw bales. Minimalist rustic, bold, simple, adaptive. Old and new melting into farmyard. The old Ochre barn and its new Stealth barn by Carl Turner Architects.

 

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Wednesday
Sep192012

The studio at the end of the garden

Down at the end of the garden is a little shed but this is a shed with just a little more than you would expect. A stylish work space/studio appears like a screen in a suburban garden that has been decked to connect it with the new kitchen extension at the rear of the Victorian era house. Ornamental pond, hidden paddling pool, sand pit and fire pit complete the backyard transformation by Ashton Porter. The attention to detail in this project won it the NLA (New London Architecture) "Don't move, Improve" Award 2012. Definitely filing some of these ideas away for my own renovation.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

Nelva architects

I have more minimalist architecture from Belgium for you today. Nele Cloots and Eva Koch founded their firm Nelva in 2007. They create spaces that epitomize the phrase "less is more". I love the minimal exteriors of the homes they have designed. 

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Tuesday
Sep182012

tcct

Tirry Cindy and Tom Callebaut are the designers behind tcct, and interior architecture/design firm from Belgium. They are very in tune to their surroundings and how to create maximum impact with minimal spaces. Their spaces speak volumes without being too aggressive...except maybe that top photo. :) Have a peek in their portfolio - they have even designed a chapel that is unlike any chapel I've ever seen. 

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Tuesday
Sep182012

Stalking the cool life

Too cool! I mean, really, too cool. If I wanted to be a hipster with an apartment to match, if I wanted to be a cool dude on the scene then I think I have found the pad. (OK I think I just gave away my dweeb, nerd status by using words like "hipster", "cool" and "dude".) But I don't care. Look .... a top floor art deco flat in Manly, Sydney. There are even water glimpses. The cafes are just down the road. My new life beckons. A bright, young space for a bright, young thing. I'd beg to keep the furniture. It would complete my hipster transformation. Is it wrong to crave this apartment and this lifestyle at my age? Real estate stalking for a life that isn't mine. Link here while it lasts.

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