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.
It is barely a surprise that Scandinavian style has so effortlessly gelled with contemporary decorating trends in the last decade or so. Inherently minimal cheerful and incredibly adaptable Scandinavian design influences have made their presence felt in homes across the globe.
A cantilevered mezzanine becomes the setting of choice for this casual area while the outdoor courtyard becomes a part of the interior thanks to large glass windows throughout the house. Timber frames and shutters play a pivotal role in shaping both the façade of the home and the ambiance inside even while allowing the homeowners to switch between complete privacy and lovely views.
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.
Open shelves in the corner along with closed cabinets in white enhance the minimal appeal of the addition even as smart pendant lighting blends into the contemporary backdrop. Refined refreshing and exquisite this space-savvy addition makes a big difference to the St. David Street House!
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.