A retaining wall covered in corten panels not only gives the sunken courtyard a unique visual but also helps with the passive heating of the house and keeps it warm both during daytime and at night.
On the inside it is the kitchen that becomes the new social zone with a dark expansive central island and a breakfast bench next to it at its heart. Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring the outdoors inside further while the bedrooms are hidden away from public view.
Designed by Field Architecture a metal and wood frame anchors the home with glass walls and sliding glass doors connecting the interior with the woods outside. Concrete walls and the entrance and in the kitchen offer more textural contrast while different wildlife species passing through the lot are left undisturbed even as the homeowners enjoy life inside its peaceful confines.
The idea was to facilitate a transition from the old to the new rather than a sudden or drastic change of style. Many of the original Victorian elements and fixtures that could be preserved and given a new lease of life were don so without hindering the addition of newer elements and design ideas.
Nestled on a lot that makes the most of the gorgeous valley views on offer and the snow-capped mountains in the distance this Swiss home feels both contemporary and classic at the same time. It is the panoramic view outside that brings in the timeless appeal even as the house itself has a more modern inviting vibe.
An old house that does not make the most of landscape it sits in and the scenery outside – it sounds like an all too familiar story in the world of modern residential structures with some sense of historic past.
A glass extension that gives an aging and classic structure newfound space and aesthetics is all too common in cities across the world; from Melbourne and London to Monaco and Mumbai. But this classic London home takes an entirely different route with a brick extension that effortlessly and aesthetically blends in with the heritage structure.
The transition between the interior and the exterior further facilitates this nature-centric lifestyle with a shaded porch that the homeowners can enjoy both at dawn and dusk. With a pergola structure that consists of mobile slats ventilation on the porch can be controlled easily.