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Monday
Nov012010

Getting down and dirty with SWAD

Want to follow architect Scott Weston's latest project from scratch? Scott has generously shared his work with Desire to Inspire for a few years now. Today he is taking us from concept model to build and promises to share the finished home soon. As usual he describes his work the best. I'll let him take it away. (After the jump you'll also find a sneak peek at a project he has just finished. Just a few teaser snaps because it's being shot for a major magazine and will be published next year.)

(This is) a great home in Rozelle where we demolished the back half of a three bedroom pokey workers cottage (May 2010) and are now well over six months into construction (mid-October) with handover beginning of December. The brief was to provide open plan living, dining and a linear kitchen that intersected the dining room, separate laundry, guest wc and bathroom. Provide three bedrooms (office/study) to the ground floor and a fourth bedroom and secret ensuite with timber staircase up to the first floor.
The concealed ensuite is located behind a full height wall of joinery that you access by walking into the wardrobe and the Client request for a bath to lie down in. We built the ground floor addition so that it faces a northerly aspect and specified commercial aluminum sliding doors (plus operable louvers) that stack back from the corner point of the house thereby creating an outdoor room. We have a flush timber deck externally and retaining walls with the westerly wall to become in a few weeks a 5 metre long timber barbeque unit with turquoise cracked glazed tiles to the benchtop and a steel and timber sunshade structure over protecting from the harsh western sun. The next stage of the project is the bespoke joinery, quietly sitting in the joiner's factory at the moment and is spectacular with each piece individually designed right down to the brass ball catches of the concealed walk-in lilac pantry.

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Wednesday
Oct272010

Françoise Bollack Architects (part 2)

As I promised earlier today, here is project #2 from Françoise Bollack Architects. The detail is incredible - I am smitten with the hardwood floors, the deep windows, the moldings, the kitchen...

"This project consists of the renovation of a four thousand square feet duplex in the Osborne Apartments, a New York City landmark located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue. The work includes combining two rooms to create a large kitchen, renovating all bathrooms and bedrooms. Sustainable "green" materials are used in several areas: cork for the kitchen floor, and IceStone counter tops (a green material made of recycled glass). New, properly counterweighted, double hung wood windows glazed with insulating, laminated glass will improve the performance of the exterior wall by controlling heat loss, heat gain and noise transmission. Our approach carefully knits the new with the old by using traditional materials installed with traditional methods and finishes specific to this particular building (an iridescent floor tile in the bathrooms for example)."

  
  

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Wednesday
Oct272010

Françoise Bollack Architects (part 1)

I heard about Françoise Bollack Architects, based in New York City, through Anatoly Starr who works with the firm. He sent along some info on two projects and lots of fabulous photos which I am excited to share with you. First, a little intro: "Françoise Bollack Architects is a design oriented architectural firm founded in 1981 specializing in historic preservation, renovation and new design. The continued, spirited, reuse of our cultural and natural resources is the foundation of our design philosophy. We believe that new designs incorporating existing elements result in richer buildings. We provide fresh, inventive design solutions addressing the project's circumstances - existing buildings, budget, quirks of the program, etc. - to create a new work, specific to its place, mindful of its tradition and alive in our time."

This first project is just a taste of what's to come. Wait until you see the second project coming later today. GORG!!!

"This project consists of the renovation of a nine hundred seventy-five square feet home in the Osborne Apartments, a New York City landmark located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue. Working with very tight space constraints, we designed a kitchen that works as a long, simple credenza within the living room. This reconfiguration of the kitchen/living room is not only functional, it recaptures the grand, original proportions of the main room. Our approach carefully knits the new with the old by using traditional materials and finishes specific to this particular building coupled with rich contemporary materials where appropriate (as in the new bathroom)."

  
  
Photos by
Henrik Olund

Tuesday
Oct262010

Risa Boyer

We recently received the following email from a reader named Cheryl: "I am an avid read of your blog and happen to know a very talented architect that you might like! Her name is Risa Boyer and she has an amazing talent for incorporating clean, modern architecture with mid century elements while maintaining the original integrity of the home. Her 35th Ave and 3806 projects are my favorite." I checked out Risa's website and completely agree that she has amazing talent. Below are photos from Cheryl's favourite projects of Risa's (they're my favs too) and a couple other projects. (Thanks for the tip Cheryl!)

  

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Isabel López-Quesada

You know when you first go to a website and you get that stomach twist, that gasp as you realise what you are seeing? You know when you realise that a particular designer has somehow read your mind and created your dream home but it's someone else's home? Do you know that feeling? Isabel López-Quesada creates homes that just do it for me. They are rustic and simply stylish. They are elegant and sophisticated. They are big on personality but not pretentious. Love the first home here. I could move right in. (If I knew the address I would!) Isabel you are a genius.

  

  

  

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