This home is a work of art. The juxtaposition of the ancient farmhouse structure with the modern, minimalist design of the interior is breathtaking. Designed by Barcelona-based design gallery and interior design advisory office Miquel Alzueta Projects.
Her own firm’s profile sums it up best. “An emotive potency defines Fiona Lynch Office’s work. Incorporating architectural and interior design services, our atmospheric creations embody a spirited minimalism with a keen emphasis on custom joinery, furniture and lighting design.”
A mix of raw and refined, tactile and smooth, handcrafted and hi-tech. The dichotomy defines the spaces but a restrained, neutral palette and a natural materiality cement them as one. Sorento House by Fiona Lynch.
Photography by Pablo Veiga
“This award-winning house was designed by architect Hugh Strange in 2010. It is cleverly tucked behind a line of Victorian buildings on Evelyn Street in Deptford; it unfolds over the ground floor of the original period terrace, opening onto a private courtyard garden and the new single-storey house beyond. A contemporary palette of materials including concrete, glass, cross-laminated timber and hurricane-felled Nicaraguan hardwood has been used to dramatic effect throughout.”
A zen haven opens off a common foyer of a Victorian era terrace. Bespoke joinery, windows opening to courtyards allowing light to flood in, wood lined walls and ceilings all define this ground floor flat in London’s Deptford. This simple oasis was for sale through The Modern House but saddly it’s under contract. Doesn’t stop us from popping these ideas away in our inspiration files.
Last year Jo featured Sydney-based architect Daniel Boddam and spoke of his signature style: considered simplicity. I wanted to share another example of that approach with this beautiful modern home in Mosman, NSW. Considering architecture and interiors as one, Villa Carlo is a holistic, contemporary interpretation of the Californian bungalow – embodying my signature considered simplicity, drawing focus to artisanal craft and the clients’ coveted collection of art. Being a semi-detached dwelling, I sought to create a dialogue with its neighbouring counterpart; a white rendered brick home that was once more akin to a traditional bungalow. Key touchpoints create a considered spatial journey, starting from the custom brass pull to the entry door. A splice in the building envelope introduces a sliver of light where ascending meets descending; a refined and poetic gesture inviting a spirited interplay of shadow and light throughout the day. Villa Carlo is holistically designed with architectural and interior details forming a consistent and harmonious dialogue – the macro is in the micro. As patrons of the arts, the creative interest of our clients is reflected in the spirit of the house, which confidently interweaves art, living spaces, light and nature; an enduring and poetic outcome.
I have been dreaming of moving to Mexico for years, and this home is now going to be what I will be dreaming of living in once I’m there. Architecture + Construction + Interiors + Landscaping: CO-LAB. Located a short distance from Tulum beach and the crystalline cenotes, Casa Aviv sits discretely in the jungle, merging indoor and outdoor into one generous, peaceful space. Composed of two parallel volumes that were shifted from each other to better protect several existing trees on site, the house accommodates 4 en-suite bedrooms, high ceilings, open kitchen dining and living areas, a private pool, and a 360º roof terrace. On the ground floor, the living-dining room, kitchen, and two of the bedrooms open to the garden. The master bedroom features a private patio with direct access to the pool. The double-height living space extends out into the pool and garden through floor to ceiling pivoting glass doors, blending interior and exterior in one integrated space filled with natural light and garden views. On the first floor, two bedrooms frame the lush jungle, connected by a bridge under a skylight. Designed and built by CO-LAB, the house is surfaced with handmade finishes. The warm grey polished cement walls contrast with black terrazzo floors. Charred cedar wood carpentry complements the neutral palette. The furnishings and light features were custom designed to fit the house and were fabricated by local artisans and in CO-LAB’s workshop. (Photos: Cesar Bejar)