A beautiful fireplace with a spot for the stacked firewood next to it and a large window seat that doubles as a tranquil reading nook complete the setting. Clad in concrete wood and steel there is plenty of textural contrast here with form following function closely. A perfect getaway that is both cozy and minimal!
Designed by Reload Építészstúdió as a two-generation family house the twin structures that shape the façade of this modern residence give it a distinct identity even while moving away from the more mundane architectural style prevalent in the region. But there is a lot more to admire at this elegant home beyond its beautiful gable roofs and spacious interior.
Each of these wooden behemoths helps in creating a stylish serene and secluded urban sanctuary even as an additional green wall adds to the overall ambiance. On the others side of the house one finds an inviting garden that becomes part of the open plan living area with kitchen and dining.
It is the top level that houses the large living area which flows into the solarium and the pool deck outside. The arrangement of spaces is truly unique with emphasis being placed on a smart indoor-outdoor interplay where one complements the other. But the balance of elements does not end there with the solid concrete walls and flooring of the upper levels standing contrast to the seemingly weightless glazed ground level!
It is the basement that holds the utility rooms along with the wine cellar and a separate home gym while the first and second floors contain the living space bedrooms terraces and study areas. A modern pool and clever walkways complete the landscape with concrete being used along with wood on the inside.
The entire house is divided into four different layered units with each layer having a thickness and finishing texture of its own. Since the home was crafted to meet the needs of an elderly couple all the units are at the same level and transition between one section to the next is seamless.
It is barely a surprise that wooden slats and movable wooden panels are being increasingly used to revamp existing homes and breathe an air of freshness into new structures. Wood not only adds warmth to the façade of the house and gives it a distinct identity but also helps improve the passive solar capabilities of a home while regulating the ventilation within. It is one such transformation that one comes across at the in Australia as a classic federation house is given a cheerful modern ambiance and a smart top level addition.