A personal workspace on an elevated platform in the home office sits directly below a skylight and provides a calm and unique work area that seems detached from the rest of the house. A balcony along with staircase connects the house with the rear patio while it is still the parlor level with kitchen dining and other public spaces that ends up stealing the spotlight!
Keeping the backdrop neutral and elegant the revitalized home features elegant bookshelves on the first floor that cleverly incorporate existing support columns. But the chic transformation goes much beyond these striking bookshelves!
Adding another layer of intrigue to the apartment is the use of uncovered thermo-clay bricks in the living area and plasterboard in the bedrooms; giving the new home plenty of visual contrast.
Connectivity with nature was the driving force behind the form of this Japanese residence and the unique L-shaped cutout in its living space that leads one on to the wooden deck outside. Large glass doors and cleverly placed corner windows bring the distant mountains indoors even as the many sights and sounds outside leave you spellbound.
It is the top floor that serves as the private zone with the master bedroom bathroom and study. With a constant view of the living area below both the levels at the Sussex Street House feel connected at all times. The high ceiling living area also keeps out excessive heat on scorching summer days making the residence energy-efficient as well.
Stone wood and polished modern finishes are brought together effortlessly even as brilliant accent lighting puts the final touches on a family home that veers towards the natural. Steeping in gives you the impression of walking into a secluded serene and rejuvenating setting which is removed from urban rush.
A custom wooden kitchen island with gas range and dining space next to it becomes the ‘social zone’ of the interior while a wrought-iron hood above adds even more textural contrast. It is the top level that holds the kids’ sleeping area with a wall of bunk beds master bedroom bathrooms and a long reading desk that stretches along the length of the hallway.