Entries in modern (249)
How to modernize an old home on a tiny lot and make it the best house on the street! The intent of the remaking of this narrow 125-year-old residence was two-fold: to increase natural light in the interior using contrast, and to reduce the house's ecological impact.An increase of natural light is accomplished through both physical and perceptual means. Physically, the long, narrow house - only 11 feet wide on the rear façade - was reconfigured to allow direct sight lines to new window openings. Perceptually, contrast was used as a means to "brighten" internal spaces without direct access to natural light. Contrasting elements are placed in proximity to produce an intensified effect. At each level, the stair is punctuated by a black element to define space — be it floating bookcases housing the owner's collectibles, or a chalk board wall for play — and to create contrast to visually intensify the natural light spilling down from above. Via Toronto's Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
I have driven by this home in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood several times and always loved how simple the exterior is. For an infill project amidst a slew of very old brick homes, this seems to blend in more than one would expect. I was also dying to know what the inside looked like, and now I know, because I discovered it was designed by built, and featured on their website. The architecture is simple and modern, with a WOW kitchen and some really cool bathrooms. Love it!! (Photos I think by Justin Van Leeuwen)
Chicago based Wheeler Kearns Architects design homes that are works of art for any modernist. This first home before the jump is STUNNING from the outside in. Built in the 1870's, this two-story brick and wood frame single family residence is located in a landmark district of Chicago. Although exterior changes visible from the street are restricted by landmark guidelines, the project included a complete gut renovation of the interior and the removal of a 1980's two-story addition in the rear yard. The newly opened interior space is defined and vertically connected by a central two-story volume that is naturally lit from a series of skylights above. The central volume contains the home's service spaces and is carved to reveal an open stair whose landing extends to form the kitchen counter. A wall of cabinetry on the west compliments the stark gallery wall on the east.