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.
Spread across two different levels the house embraces modernity even while imbibing subtle traditional features that bring together the best of both worlds. A neutral color palette coupled with warm wooden surfaces shapes the interior with the kitchen dining area and the living space on the ground floor and the bedrooms occupying the top level with wonderful views of Budapest Danube and Gellérthegy.
How often do we think about the design of the roof when it comes to home design? It definitely does not top the list of design aficionados and many of us just tend to accent that flat linear plane as the roof.
Despite being constrained by the narrowness of the lot Sam Crawford Architects managed to etch out a cheerful and seemingly spacious modern home by tapping into the vertical room on offer. Original industrial elements of the home were kept intact and enhance while the street façade was left untouched because of the heritage rules. Exposed brick walls define the living area even as dark steel elements industrial-style windows and wooden ceiling beams are intertwined with comfortable modern décor and polished finishes.
Its unmistakably minimal form relies on an effortless flow of spaces where the interior and the exterior become one – both visually and functionally. It is the pool and the central courtyard of the sweeping designed by Craig Steere Architects that steals the show and becomes the focal point of a living area and kitchen that doubles as spacious social zones.
Large glass doors connect the interior with the outdoors even as passive solar design and a nifty pergola keep out searing hot on summer days. Photovoltaic panels LED lighting and double glazing put the final energy-efficient touches on this exquisite contemporary home.
Features like the kitchen island with cooktop and the relaxing window seat with built-in storage further encourage interaction between family members. Forging a fine balance between refined flair and informal ambiance every little detail inside the Wooden Box is crafted to meet the specific needs of a modern family with an active lifestyle.