Typical challenges that apartments face are lack of space and lack of natural light. A bit of clever design can go a long way in making the most of what you have. This is an interior remodel of an apartment in Seattle. The main challenge for the design was to get enough natural light into the 60ft (20m) deep floor plan and of course meet a tight budget. This challenge was increased as we were not allowed to modify any external fenestration and locations of plumbing elements.
A series of sliding black framed glass partitions with recessed black timber blinds and black sheer curtains allow light and views through the whole depth of the apartment while providing various levels of privacy.
The material palette is kept fairly neutral and consists of white washed timber floors, matt white and black surfaces, carrara marble and dimmable lighting throughout. Click here for more images of this project.
SYMPATHETIC URBAN EXTENSIONS
Above is a modern extension, with a courtyard, to a traditional villa in a conservation zone in Auckland. The subdued design palette allows it to sit well with the existing home without mimicking it. Below is another urban extension to a heritage home utilising herringbone oak floors, carrara marble, walnut and fluted glass to tie in with the natural brick exterior.
CONTEMPORARY URBAN HOMES
The design savvy client provided a strong brief for this home, including a poignant photograph taken of a seaside rock face, fading from black to a sandy gold colour. They wanted something futuristic but at the same time calm and pared back. A double height living space, with a full height bookshelf and brass ceiling opens up to a water feature with a lone, beautiful rock to the South and outdoor living decks and a pool to the North
Surrounded in lush green pastures, farm homes often have a rustic quality about them, both through their design and through their location and contextual relationship to their surroundings. It is difficult to move away from the beloved gabled form, for these homes, which comes from the traditional farm house design.
PREFABRICATED RURAL BEACH HOMES
This particular project is based on a 6x6m module.
Enclosed living and sleeping pods can come in 6x6, 6x12 or 6x18m modules. A connecting pod is generally 6x6m but this can vary. The landscape modules can be selected as desired and these will be prefabricated also. All windows and sliding doors fit into the module. The interiors will be lined in timber. There will be various cladding options available. Click here for more images of this project.
RUSTIC BEACH HOMES
This is a 3 level beach home with impressive vistas of the East Coast in Australia. The building envelope was fairly tight with limited window openings on either side and so we created a light filled entrance axis to create a central socialising space that also brought light into the bedrooms adjacent to the space. The client wanted a white timber beach home that tied in closely with the existing traditional, gabled home at the base of the hill.