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Wednesday
Feb112015

Harriet Anstruther

Country to contemporary, traditional to modern, Harriet Anstruther Studio can do it all, and the resulting spaces are the most calming, inviting and timeless you can imagine. Each and every one of these rooms draws you in and I would be completely at ease and at peace in all of them. 

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Tuesday
Feb102015

Cantilevered in the woods

You know your friends would be bugging you constantly to spend boring winter weekends at your cabin if this was yours. And in the summer? Absolutely! Another perfectly executed home by _naturehumaine. Having bought a beautiful plot of wooded land in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the client dreamt of building a country house that would be in perfect symbiosis with its natural environment. The house is characterized by two stacked volumes; a wooden clad volume anchored into the mountain supports a cantilevering ground floor volume above. This gable roofed volume raised into the air gives the sensation that the house is floating amongst the trees. Vast views of Mount Orford and the valley below are framed by a long horizontal strip window. The kitchen and master bathroom are carved out of a black volume at the center of the house dividing living spaces from the master bedroom.

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Tuesday
Feb102015

Half old, half new

One of my favourite Canadian architecture firms continues to impress me with their ingenuity and attention to detail. _naturehumaine blew me away with this home in Montreal. The clients had outgrown their 1920's house on a large lot on Montreal’s south shore. They wanted a contemporary extension that would harmonize with their existing house and highlight and expose the structural brick. The existing house and the extension were separated by a glazed volume where the vertical circulation of the house is located. The extension is organized into 2 intertwining volumes. A brick volume makes up the base and becomes the support for a steel clad volume that projects out into the backyard. The 'sleeping basket' is found at this projection where a large window frames the foliage. This becomes a space to relax and gaze out towards the garden as well as an area for the children to play while maintaining contact with the kitchen and dining spaces below.

The new extension is subtle in its detail, and with a flat roof line matching the old house, seems to blend fairly seamlessly. 

Of course, because they are brilliant, _naturehumaine kept the brick of the old part of the house exposed. AS THEY SHOULD. :)

Are you sick of pot lights too? LOOK WHAT THEY DID HERE!!!

That storage pod thing is pretty cool, housing a 'secret' powder room.

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Tuesday
Feb102015

Getting old

I must be getting old. Sometimes a simply restored historic room just does it for me. I don't always have to be about moderism, quirky or scandi ;) Upperville, VA house restoration by Clites Architects, PC.

Monday
Feb092015

Round and round

My heart is in a spin. It must be love. Staircase by Belgian AIDarchitecten.