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.
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!
It is the courtyard that facilitates flow of natural light across the two levels and gives the interior an open and bright ambiance despite its private street façade. The use of white for the backdrop accentuates a sense of airiness while modern minimal décor keeps the living area uncluttered.
It is precisely these traits that one discovers at the designed by Atelier Design N Domain in Alibag Maharashtra. A lovely coastal town that is sheltered from the hustle and bustle of adjacent urban cities like Mumbai this is the perfect setting for a tranquil holiday home.
Set amidst a lush green landscape and a steep hillside the contemporary construction by North Arrow Studio reflects the scenery that surrounds it in a captivating fashion. With a flat roof and a silhouette in white the residence seamlessly combines modernity with timeless design and natural goodness.
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.
Life at this dreamy dwelling is all about self-sustenance with four wood-burning stoves powering the heating needs of the entire house. Wood sourced from the landscape around the house is used here even as an array of photovoltaic panels brings solar energy to this British home. Timeless and yet adapting to changing times this is a makeover that weaves together past present and future!