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As a modern renaissance home, the St Vincents Place Residence by B.E Architecture is a new archetype developed through a reinterpretation of classical references with a modern sensibility. The client, as a patron, put his belief in architecture, artists and artisans to create a nourishing environment that goes beyond surface treatments by inscribing contemplative experiences into the physical form. The new extension is a cultural bridge between historical significance and modern progress positioned behind a heritage façade. By embracing the consideration of time, the design response examines the pinnacles of architecture and design throughout history. Details typical of older architecture were reworked in the front section of the original building. These details included curved cornices, arched doors, and custom steel fireplaces, none of which are typical in modern construction methodologies but feel at ease within the Victorian frontage. Integral to the details is an authentic demonstration of an exceptional level…

This lovely apartment is located with a quiet and peaceful courtyard in a beautiful turn of the century property. Here, tranquility reigns just minutes from restaurants and entertainment life. Through beautiful windows the light flows in and the silence is total. The open and peaceful environment of the turn of the century fills the entire floor. The considerable ceiling height gives air to the tanks and a strong feeling of large room volumes. All details are in place; stucco, ceiling rosettes, double mirrored doors, beautiful door frames and a tiled stove. Simply an outstanding home for you who want to live in an exclusive and culturally preserved environment with unique qualities in the middle of central Gothenburg. See also :https://house-diaries.com/the-beauty-of-a-beige-interior/

The aptly named Utopia house by Aucoot is a unique 1832 square foot haven in one of south east London’s liveliest spots, Deptford. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached property has all the charm you would expect from an ex-Mission hall dating back to the turn of the last century: vaulted ceilings, exposed timber trusses and an abundance of space and light. With a generous roof terrace offering a private, low-maintenance garden and a stunning workspace, it is a perfect urban hideaway with great links to the City and the beautiful green spaces of south London. The original building was constructed in 1906 as a memorial to philanthropist Joseph Mead. But in 2018 it underwent a sympathetic renovation with architect Alex Nikjoo in collaboration with its current owners – renowned artists – carefully stripping away years of modifications to reveal the original features in all their glory. Photography : Aucoot See also…

With one of Stockholm’s most sought-after locations, this spectacular and state-of-the-art attic, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, is not only located on the top floor of a luxurious 19th century house right on the cozy Karlaplan Square in Stockholm, but it is also an interesting object in terms of design. With exciting angles and solutions, the floor has a unique feel. It is characterized by stripped-down minimalism with high quality, modern materials and neutral color choices. The living room is very spacious with high ceilings, about five meters up to the ridge, a fireplace and breathtaking views of the city. Stairs go up to another bedroom / sleeping loft and to astudy. Ther is also an elegantly decorated spa in the tower room. The south-west facing terrace with a view of Östermalm’s roof ridges and a number of large skylights gives the floor a wonderfully bright impression. See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-scandinavian-apartment-under-the-roof/

 With a free and very attractive location, a stone’s throw from Östermalmstorg Square in the centre of Stockholm, this well-planned and fantastic Art Nouveau apartment is located on its own floor. Here we see a consistently high standard in combination with tasteful and lavish material choices!  This representative and well-maintained Art Nouveau property from 1908 has many fine original details such as herringbone patterned oak parquet, stucco, roof rosettes and window sills in marble, optimal floor plan and lovely space. A turn of the century apartment with modern elements, yes that style knows as a faithful follower that I often fall for. See also :https://house-diaries.com/apartment-o-a-beautiful-art-nouveau-apartment-by-joanna-laven/

A synthesis of Edwardian and Persian inspired design interventions – Inglis Badrashi Loddo Studio has reworked a previously confused house into a rich and authentic whole for a young family in north London. This Edwardian house had undergone various alterations during its life and had most recently been subdivided into 3 flats. In a series of high-impact moves, IBLA reconfigured and extended it to create a large family house and a separate self-contained flat on the top floor. The new rear extension unites the previously separate living, kitchen and dining areas into large and open, yet clearly-defined spaces. A diamond-shaped lantern – inspired by traditional cupolas – crowns the dining space, giving a sense of height and grandeur, and bringing light deep into the plan. Three glazed sliding patio doors punctuate the rooms, and allow the family to flow out onto two connected terraces, conceived of as exterior rooms. Vaults…

A unique and beautiful blend of heritage and refined luxury, apartment 16 designed by Shelley Roberts Architects, aligns perfectly the old and the new. Working with heritage buildings such as this former Carlton United Brewery, provide a dramatic canvas of exposed brickwork some one hundred years old. Restoring and preserving was at times a brick by brick task. A grey colour palette and matte finishes give each room depth, texture and warmth. A bespoke copper bathtub adds to the overall theatre of the design, while solid French oak flooring and deep grey painted timber panels adorn the walls. The Clients wanted to retain the warmth and feel of the original building but maximize the liveable square metreage.  The key material really was the existing brick work which was brought back to life via chemical stripping and re-pointing where necessary. Other key materials used were copper, used in the kitchen and bathroom areas. ​Solid French oak (flooring) and painted timber…

With the skillful hand of Scandinavian designers, a simple studio apartment with a total area of 37 sqm was converted into a very nice one-bedroom dwelling. More precisely, the bedroom here is not entirely a room; it is rather a dedicated sleeping corner which arose thanks to a glass partition. The living room area is quite aesthetic thanks to cool wall posters, a plush sofa and beautiful textiles. Such a great little home!!!!! See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-playful-tiny-scandinavian-apartment/

This beautifully designed three-bedroom house combines generous Victorian proportions with exceptional modern details. Extended and completely renovated by the current owner, an interior designer, internal accommodation measures just under 2,050 sq ft across three floors. The large open-plan living area on the ground floor includes two seating areas and a large pink and black kitchen in the new extension. Large windows and skywindows have been added to flood this room with light and with wonderful views over the garden. The hand-crafted kitchen has been finished with exceptional attention to detail, with Carrara marble worktops paired with brass fixtures and bespoke light fittings. The master bedroom upstairs has floor to ceiling cabinets painted in a blue shade. A self-contained studio is set in the beautifully landscaped rear garden, providing a private workspace independent to the house. Photography : The Modern House See also :https://house-diaries.com/woodland-pavilion-an-extension-between-a-grand-victorian-villa-and-a-woodland-nature-reserve/

Starting as a solid 70s shell, this inner city townhouse has been transformed by Lisa Breeze Architect Studio into a chic, cosy and functional abode for a couple and their cherished fur babes. Cues from salvaged building elements, such as retro timber wall panelling, modestly painted bricks and bold exposed structure, influence the new features. With refined finishes and strong colours, the new injections blend with humble building elements, celebrating the subtle retro patterns of the existing home. The new features are basic, with textured forms standing strong against the classic brick work and rough sawn timber joists above. Peering beyond all this is the tiny garden which is packed with life, with the ever changing hues of the Japanese maple, and the soft pastels of a varied collection of succulents. The space is treated primarily as an outdoor room to gaze on, and as an extension of the Living…

The recipient of a RIBA Award in 2017, this incredible four/five-bedroom house can be found nestled on a gated, cobbled mews in the Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area. Built in the early 1900s, originally for use as a brewery cooperage, it is the subject of an ambitious and beautifully executed renovation by Chris Dyson Architects. Internal accommodation approaches 4,000 sq ft over five expansive levels, including a substantial roof terrace. The result is a wonderfully considered renaissance of an industrial past and a masterful marrying of materials, new and old. Combining concrete, black steel and exposed brickwork the architects have created a home that is at once versatile, warm and aesthetically arresting. Photography : The Modern House See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-terraced-house-in-notting-hill-london/