A Ludwig Mies van der Rohe masterpiece that has been studied by architects from across the globe for over six decades the offers a world of inspiration for experts and design aficionados alike. It is barely a surprise then that the owners of in Texas wanted a home that was modeled on the iconic construction after having fallen in love with it during one of their trips.
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.
What truly stands out in case of the Valiant House though is the brilliant use of whitewashed brick to usher in both textural contrast and pattern even as a stunning contemporary kitchen island in black along with a dark ceiling create a sense of sophistication. The dramatic is balanced carefully with the inviting as skylights bring in ample natural light with a view of the small rear garden adding to the effervescence.
Gone or the days when rigid walls were used to delineate space. In the modern world it is an open floor plan that holds sway with utility of each space defining it. There are no firm borders between the kitchen dining and living area with each flowing into the next ever so effortlessly.
Wind is a big part of this with everything from gigantic bridges to tall skyscrapers needing to accommodate its many vagaries. While this contemporary home in New York designed by Bates Masi Architects might not be as grand in its magnitude it still taps into the flow of wind in an extensive fashion. Designed for a couple who love outdoor adventure sports like wind surfing and kite boarding the stylish house aims to become with the elements around it!
Both acoustically and visually this common courtyard leading to the living area kitchen and dining is carefully hidden from the boisterous world that surrounds it. Adding to this is the cedar cladding that filters out any remaining sounds to offer an inviting modern and quiet living environment filled with tranquility.
A neutral color palette is coupled with cedar and glass giving the interior a modern and harmonious appeal. Another fun addition inside the home is the net above the courtyard on the second floor that brings an air of playful relation even while doubling as an essential safety feature.