A sensible transformation of an old structure into modern dwelling saves time and resources. It is this adaptive reuse of buildings that has seen the spurt of modern industrial style across the globe.
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!
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.
As is the case with most heritage homes it is the rear addition that comes to the rescue here extending the living area even while leaving the two bedrooms at the front of the house largely untouched.
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.
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.
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.