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Thursday
Jul302015

A modern farmhouse

The location, the ranch style building, the materials equate to farmhouse but with a modern twist. A contemporary style, a casual elegance make this no rough and ready bunkhouse. It's warm and welcoming with views forever. Santa Lucia Preserve Modern Farmhouse interiors by Kristin Rowell, Principal Of Scavullo Design.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

A la SHED transformation

Montreal architecture firm la SHED continues to make magic happen and this renovation is indeed magical. They transformed a typical Quebec duplex into a single family home that is modern, bright, spacious and a great home to raise a family in. Light woods, a simple and open kitchen layout, double height ceiling, a courtyard and accents of red together make this really special. (I featured their work last year too). 

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Friday
Jul102015

Mid century modern

Let's end the week with a contemporary take on the classic mid century bachelor pad that hangs from the hillsides of California. This Trousdale Estates, Beverley Hills home is by Studio William Heffner but screw up your eyes, stare at the screen, and let your mind wander to episodes of Mad Men. The setting is spectacular and the house a mid century modern marvel.

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Wednesday
Jul082015

Lines

This townhouse development responds to the existing streetscape by appearing as a large single residence. Within, each dwelling is highly individual; each with their own character, dramatic interior spaces and private gardens. A simple, robust palette of materials reinforce the sculptural form and ensure the building will age gracefully.

What I love most about this townhouse is the statement repeat of black lines, in the screen, in the panelling, in the staircase. A contemporary stylish space, Washington Avenue by Melbourne based Pandolfini Architects.

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Friday
May292015

Suspended

Montreal architecture firm _naturehumaine is at it again. These guys are unstoppable, and my favourite Canadian architects right now. Here is the brief on this latest project of theirs: The client wants to transform the last two levels of a building to create living spaces for her two athletically inclined children, who are now grown adults. The primary goal is to create a shared living space in which all utilitarian functions are shared but which still allows each person to have privacy. The architectural concept consists in removing the floor currently separating the two levels to create a wide-open space in which two large boxes appear to float in mid-air. These suspended boxes, adorned with unfinished plywood panels, each contain a bedroom and a bathroom. This configuration creates three gaps, each being two floors high; the centre gap becomes a physical exercise room with a pair of gymnastics rings. The whole structure is connected lengthwise by a block that is painted black; the block accommodates different services, including stairways, a shower room and part of the kitchen. A large island with unfinished wood painted white delineates the kitchen space, with sliding lacquered bookshelves underneath the wooden boxes. I love everything about this...the spaciousness (2000 sq ft too!), the massive black wall of storage, the shelving with more storage, and yes even the raw plywood. This sounds like the perfect solution given what the client was looking for. SCORE for client's kids! 

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