Nestled in a quiet neighborhood of Seattle the is a revamped 1940’s home that uses the idea of ‘Courtyard Urbanism’ to maximize space without sacrificing on aesthetics energy-efficiency or interaction with nature. Designed by Wittman Estes the revitalized residence relies on a series of courtyards and an open studio for its new more open avatar.
An inverted U-shaped cantilevered canopy cozy fireplace and smart marble finishes complete this gorgeous Aussie home where the outdoors are welcome indoors with glee. There are times when old structures are altered ever so slightly to accommodate changing lifestyles and modern needs.
It is often the simplest solutions that are the smartest and make our lives easier. With growing pressure on urban land it utilization is under intense scrutiny in big cities across the planet. New construction norms and premium rates are forcing homeowners to turn to smart design for the right spatial solutions.
Looking beyond the bookshelf the house on the outside is draped completely in black and the oblique wall used for the bookshelf also helps in creating a shield against heavy rainfall by extending the roof outwards.
From the small front yard to the central courtyard and the guest bedrooms in the rear every room of the house echoes the uncomplicated and functional design philosophy of the makeover. Life seems like an absolute breeze at this rejuvenated Seattle home!
Instead of taking the normal route of placing one house next to the other the architects opted for a more linear approach with the second house being placed behind the first. This gave the street façade a cleaner more classic look while ensuring that the visual symmetry of the neighborhood was left undisturbed.
Designed by Olson Kundig it is a combination of wood concrete and steel that create this amazing escape with modern minimalism making its presence felt on the inside. From the outside the design feels far more vernacular with local architectural elements and roof design shaping the overall structure.
Nestled in a posh neighborhood of Ascot Vale Australia the goes down the latter path with FGR Architects creating interiors draped largely in white gray and ultra-light shades of blue. What the home lacks in color it makes up in textural contrast with large dark metallic frames timber ceiling glass walls and stone surfaces coming together eloquently.