Every now and then it is a good idea to get away from it all and find a relaxing retreat where life crawls down to a more relaxing pace. Of course it is even better when such a place is right there in your very own backyard!
Part of Badalona in Spain the was once a blacksmith workshop that was transformed carefully and cleverly by Albert Brito Arquitectura into a light-filled contemporary home. Spread across two different levels it is a fabulous light well and a wonderful stairway that form the spine of this rejuvenated interior.
Transition between the interior and the serene landscape outside is pretty much seamless here with the interior of the guest house being inspired by yacht design. Minimal and modern décor here is kept to a bare minimum.
Today we delve into the childhood home of Stephen Kavanagh in and take a look at a rear extension that is inviting contemporary and filled with plenty of natural light. The extension brings natural ventilation into an old terraced house and acts as a semi-open interface between the main house and the large garden outside.
The smart array of reimagined and invigorated old industrial buildings in cities like New York London and Vancouver are a big part of the reason why modern industrial has become one of the hottest decorating styles in the last few years.
The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!
Yet elements like décor color scheme and style create more subtle demarcations and the in a suburb of Perth Australia embraces this contemporary trend gleefully. Divided into the formal informal and outdoor living zones the house borrows from charismatic Californian homes and a hint of Mid-century magic.