It is the use of concrete and metal that significantly reduce construction costs along with innovative building techniques and a predisposition towards minimalism.
The steel and glass roof of the terraces stands in contrast to the more stoic sight of concrete walls and ceiling of the living area kitchen and dining. One is soon left wondering whether one is indoors or outside thanks to the creative design that blurs traditional boundaries!
Existing building constraints meant that the street façade of the house was left completely untouched while a modern living area kitchen and dining were added to the rear. Connecting the rear garden smaller inner courtyard and barbecue zone with the living space the revitalized interior is filled with a flood of natural light.
The central idea behind the design conjured up by KEM STUDIO was to create a relaxing and nature-centric hub that allows the homeowners to leave behind their hectic urban life. It is essentially a house that has the aura of a ‘serene second home’!
The dark exterior lets the home standout visually even while ensuring that it melts away into darkness after sunset. Locally sourced wood and stone were used throughout the house and dying ash trees milled from the lot were used in creating custom furniture and cabinets for the home.
The transformation is anything but mundane with the new floor plan including a dining room within the confines of the kitchen crafted out of wood and glass partitions. The has a polygon façade and its sash windows were one of the features that the homeowners wanted to preserve.
The house has been arranged in two different planes with the lower level containing the living area kitchen and dining. A long covered corridor connects the central courtyard of the residence with the garden and provides a sheltered and illuminated walkway that feels magical.