January 16, 2019
London based architects Gruff has designed a distinctly sophisticated rear extension to an end-of-terrace house in South London.
The architects took the saying "hearth is the heart of home" as their inspiration and placed an outdoor fireplace with a chimney as the defining feature of their design. Faced with board-marked concrete, the chimney forms a "ribbon" which stretches from the deck to the extended kitchen-living-dining space inside, a clever way to bring the outdoors in.
The extension is flooded with light inside, thanks to extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple skylights. There is a sunken lounge space in a soothing shade of dark blue, in harmonious contrast with the warm neutral tones in the rest of the space. But it is the outdoor space that steals the show, especially the distinctive sawtooth-shaped roof line and the slatted pergola with its dark charred cladding, against which the concrete chimney stands out beautifully.
The Cellight Penta from Frederik Roije would look great over the kitchen counter, whilst the Baby Dome light from Mater would be perfect for the sunken lounge area. For the deck outside try the Piknik portable LED light from LZF.
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How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
January 25, 2021
Curves - they are organic, playful, comforting and sensual - what's not to like? The architects at Toronto-based Partisans certainly agree, and they are masters at applying curves in their projects.
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