On the outside it is charred wood that defines the extension and its dark cladding makes for a striking visual. Practicality is combined cleverly with unassuming design and modern aesthetics to create a dashing extension that completely alters the ambiance inside a previously dark and dreary Dublin home.
Set in a sough-after neighborhood of Gastown Vancouver the fabulous apartment that is currently up for grabs will set you back by. That does seem like a bargain when you consider the locality of the loft its modern interior that is disturbed by exposed brick walls wooden ceiling beams and metallic duct pipes and of course the flexible open floor plan.
The new extension houses a contemporary kitchen and dining in neutral hues with warm timber surfaces providing the necessary warmth and textural contrast. Timber plays a major role in shaping the interior of the extension with even the pending lights above the dining table being crafted in wood and concrete!
Evolution of design and architecture is often accelerated by needs of specific landscapes and unique obstacles presented by local weather in different parts of the globe. Designed to withstand frequent typhoons that are all too common in the region has an innovative silhouette and a specially crafted courtyard that act like a ‘chimney’ for the passage of high speed winds.
The structure of the house itself is unassuming in form with wood steel and glass being used to create a pavilion-style home that is largely open to the elements. A large wooden deck with reflecting pool sits just outside and acts as a wind indicator of sorts! Sunlight bounces off the pool and on to the ceiling of the living area giving an indication of how turbulent of calm the weather is outside.
The 720-sqaure-foot apartment boasts of 10-foot high ceilings giving it a cheerful and spacious visual appeal. This is enhanced by the use of a monochromatic white backdrop that cuts down on visual fragmentation. Internal partitions are kept to a bare minimum with even the bedroom feeling like an extension of the large living area. A small kitchen in the corner bathroom dinning space and foyer complete this altered Vancouver home.
The changeover from the old to the new is stark and yet seamless with the stone walls slowly giving way to large glass walls and a timber structure. The preserved and enhanced original stone walls seem to transport you back in time even as the refurbished interior in white ushers in modern comfort and aesthetics.