The basic structure of these townhouses was created using concrete and steel with glass being used extensively on the upper levels to bring in a flood of natural light. Moving away from this minimal and almost ‘steely’ visual appeal of the interior it is a wooden volume on the second level of townhouse that holds private spaces.
It is this continuous presence of brick that gives the addition its unique appeal even as the lovely clerestory windows above usher in a hint of modern industrial flair.
If you love the sight of exposed brick walls weaving their way through a contemporary interior then this renovated inner city worker’s cottage in Australia promises a visual treat! Revamped and modernized by Bastian Architecture it is a dashing rear extension that alters the ambiance of this classic home nestled in a heritage neighborhood.
An open double-height living area sits at the heart of the home with a large dining area and kitchen next to it. A loft-style bedroom and reading nook sits above the kitchen and dining space and offers a wonderful whimsical escape while natural fiber rugs and linen curtains usher in a sense of softness and visual contrast.
The new cheerful interior of this aged house reflects the specific aesthetic and lifestyle choices of its owners – Brooklyn-based writer Gayle Forman and her musician-librarian husband.
Since the rowhouse is not blessed with extravagantly large spaces it was important to fashion a living environment that was refreshing inviting and visually spacious without going overboard.
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!