Photography by Matthew Millman
Photography by Matthew Millman
House Four is a large double fronted house on Trinity Road, Wandsworth.
The house has been extensively refurbished from first floor level down and includes a new full footprint lower ground floor level.
The new lower ground floor accommodates a bar, gym, cinema room, bedroom with en-suite and a services and utility room. The first floor consists of a master suite, incorporating an open plan master bedroom and bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and a dressing room.
The main features include a large projecting bay window to the first floor master suite, a double height internal courtyard and a concrete and timber feature stair, from ground floor to lower ground level.
Photography courtesy of ADE Architecture
The history and special situation of the building was a big challenge, but we also saw a high potential in it to become a very unique single family house with a garden in the center of one of the most popular neighbourhoods of Berlin.
As it is the oldest building of Prenzlauer Berg, the authorities requested us to reconstruct the facade of the heritage-protected building precisely as depicted on an historical drawing from the year 1844. We wanted to show the history of the old building without pretending that the facade would be 170 years old.
Our concept was to interpret the lines in the historical drawing as differences in the height of a stucco facade using ancient techniques and materials.
In an architectural drawing a line could be interpreted in different ways; as a gap in the wall, a section line or a difference in height. It took quite some time and many visualisations and physical models to convince the authorities of our solution.
As a result of the previous uses as a police station and a workshop, followed by many years of vacancy, the house was in bad condition and had many small rooms. In order to create a generous space we only kept the outer walls and one massive wall in the middle. The staircase, kitchen, as well as some sleeping galleries are somehow ‘plugged’ into this wall. On the first floor it is possible to separate the parents’ sleeping room from the gallery with a very big sliding door. The staircase is divided in two parts, the first 5 steps lead to a small podium, which makes you experience the full height of the building. On the parterre it is possible to walk around the facade along the inner walls. For the staircase and the kitchen interior we reused the wood of the 170 year old beams. The old brick walls are uncovered and visible from inside.
The planning process was carried out in close exchange with the client, which resulted in a lot of very personal and special designed elements. For instance, even the washbasins and the bathtub are designed and custom made for this project.
Photography by Michael Pfisterer
It's all about flowers and colors as I said to you in the previous post, but this time I'm coming not only with trends, but also with more concrete ideas. It's impossible for you to dislike this post if you love flowers, bright colors, luminous and clean spaces. Not to mention the pleasant smell of spring flowers! So let's start: 1.Coral details; - Add a pop of color; -Looks incredible and fresh; -Combined with white dishes -Clear, bright space; -Coral flowers - everyone's favorites.
2.Farm House Style; A farm house wouldn't be complete without plants, and rustic details. Add a rustic carpet on your floor or rustic sheets on your bed. If you are not a fan of real flowers because you don't have time to take care of it you can buy some faux ones and it will look as beautiful as they were real. 3.Contrasting Colors; Intense colors combined with each other might not seem as a good idea for you, but trust me this spring they are a real trend! 4.Pops of Pastels; Pastels are not only for clothes this spring, but also for furniture, carpets, walls and so on. This will be my favorite trend! 5.Don't ignore the lavender. Pastel color - checked ('cause lavender do have an amazing pastel color) Good appearance - checked You can hang real lavender flowers on a big photo frame, or also put them in a photo frame for a more corky style.
Spring is coming and we need new inspiration, new ideas. But when it comes to decorate our room with new furniture or little decorations we have to know what colors are in trend for this year.
It seems that a one color look for your room is now enough to make it look great!
Yellow is not the easiest color to decorate with, but if you get it right, yellow can be sunny and uplifting. All you have to do is to play with textures and patterns.
A more contemporary choice than strong reds, orange works best when used in moderation.
Fresh, moss greens work best in a hall, garden room or conservatory – rooms that link to the outside.
There are also some colors that you can use by itself: blue, pastel pink,violet.