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Welcome to this unique accommodation in the North Tower’s eastern building : The innovation. The innovation, the eastern of the two Norra Tornen, is Stockholm’s tallest residential building with its 36 floors. Here you live on the 13th floor with unobstructed views of the rooftops. The Office for Metropolitan Architechture, OMA, one of the world’s most prestigious and prestigious architectural firms, has combined the function, aesthetics and visions of modern homes with the pixelated character of the North Tower. Generous windows, tasteful choice of materials and terrace.  See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-scandinavian-attic-full-of-charm/

Madeleine and her team at Madeleine Blanchfield Architects (MBA) recently refurbished an existing 1950s house in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for an art-loving young family of five. The client wanted to ‘fix’ the dark, disconnected parts of the south-facing house, and create a home that embodied the family’s unique character. Their client’s brief was a 17th century lithograph of five little fish with human faces swimming “Marvels Of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects Of Things Existing”. The notion was to create a home that was whimsical, calm, inspiring, slightly quirky and deeply personal. They gutted the existing house, leaving only the structural columns and beams. They created huge windows onto external courtyards and removed most of the walls to flood the spaces with light. The problem with removing walls is that there is nowhere to hang art. This became the driving concept and approach behind the design – bringing art into the architecture. Every piece of…

A new build fishing house on the River Test in Hampshire by Stiff + Trevillion. Traditional construction methods including green oak frame, hand made bricks, roof tiles and charred timber cladding were brought together to form a contemporary reinterpretation of a rural barn. The house sits in the grounds of a listed Manor House and is designed in context to reflect the hierarchy of the adjacent structures whilst also picking up on the local vernacular of details and materials of the hamlet at large. The house is run using sustainable natural resources including ground source heat pump, rainwater harvesting and recycling, solar and photovoltaic cells ( Published with Bowerbird). Photography : Kilian O’Sullivan See also : https://house-diaries.com/bloomsbury-house-refreshing-a-90s-apartment-in-london/

A double-fronted Edwardian house has been updated and extended by Found Associates Studio, in dramatic fashion for a television and radio presenter and his family. This four storey villa sits on a corner site with unusually large gardens to the rear. The renovation and reinvention of the villa reinforces the sense of connection between house and garden. Unsympathetic additions to the back of the property had been added over time and these were removed and replaced with a single storey pavilion that sits alongside the original house, while opening out to the adjoining terrace and gardens via a wall of glass. This contemporary, open plan addition hosts family living space, including the kitchen, and has become the new hub of the home. The original living rooms and bedrooms of the period house have also been updated and restored in a sensitive and sympathetic manner, including an attic conversion to create…

Large sky windows define this attic apartment in Sweden. Because of these windows this attic apartment isn’t small and dark but flooded with light. The way the home has been decorated certainly helps as well, with a light oak floor and light natural colors with a hint of black this only enhances that light look. The interior features a striking contrast between its crude wooden beams and its crisp white walls. Enjoy it!!!! See also :https://house-diaries.com/modern-apartment-in-black-tones/

Head to Latvia, more precisely to the coastal town of Jurmala, 20 kilometers from Riga, where design studio Agnes Rudzite Interiors has refurbished a former 1930s mansion. Eclectic design between past and present. Terrazzo floors, arcades, oak veneer, period chandeliers, terracotta and olive tones… The atmosphere is dictated by the Baltic architecture of the 1930s and the legendary codes of Italian villas. A project filled with strong colors and noble finishes such as marble, lacquered cherry wood, arches and doors, oak veneers and green marble portals, all very chic, stylish and funky. A renovation that will have lasted six years in order to leave the monument in its own juice while giving it a retro-contemporary aesthetic. Photography :Mikhail Loskutov See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-country-house-where-time-stands-still-in-moscow/

An existing private residence is transformed by John Henshaw Architect Inc. into a thoroughly modern home with a restrained yet luxurious contemporary style finishing. The overall design scheme was inspired by the South Pacific resort style favoured by the client, with abundant utilization of natural materials and cool colour palette. The existing home was constructed and finished in the 90’s with excessive use of brass, shiny materials such as glass and stainless steel, and drop ceilings. After numerous discussions with the client, a mini resort was created for living and entertaining. The client is a busy executive with a young family with the need for hospitality and still to be close to the family. The renovation is tailored to suit the client’s exact specifications: to have good public entertaining space while his family can also enjoys a relaxed private life. Existing double height space was eliminated to create more intimate…

Located an hour east of Toronto, The Farm, by Scott Posno Design, occupies a 65-acre site amidst the peaceful green fields of this Southwestern Ontario agricultural region, adjacent to a large conservation forest. It serves as a weekend and vacation home for the client, his grown children, and a variety of friends and family who frequent the tranquil property for relaxation and enjoyment year-round, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Comprised of several buildings and structures spread over the property amidst a plethora of natural landscape features, The Farm aims to engage the history and physical attributes of the site while amplifying a relationship with the outdoors. The materials were selected from a palette which most of the original farmhouses in the area also use. Stone, timber and metal were applied in a way that complimented and defined the contemporary style of the home. Concrete floors and…

This home was originally built in 1939 and designed by Clement J. Ford, an architect known for creating comfortable, modest homes in the Druid Hills and Buckhead neighborhoods of Atlanta, Georgia. After the very first visit to see the house, Square Feet Studio architects did a quick napkin sketch that they developed into an overall design to modernize the interior spaces. They fell in love with the property and the house’s small but gracious bones, its simple fluted trim, interior arches, and built-in bookcases. It was clear that a thoughtful architect had been involved with its inception. But the house needed a full electrical overhaul to get up to current code requirements, plus it was in desperate need of a new kitchen and updated bathrooms. So they purchased the house in 2008 and started a 6-month renovation. They did a subsequent renovation of the attic in 2012, adding a dormer…

Decorated and renovated by Nobo Studio, this Spanish house, built in the 1950’s in El Rocio, adopts a relaxing sand colored natural decoration. Cane, rattan and wood combine for a contemporary style and soften the black of the steel frames. A beautiful mix of textures and materials that make this house with swimming pool a haven of peace under the southern European sun. It is a good example of modernizing an interior with traditional tiles and a fireplace without taking away any of its original decoration.  See also : https://house-diaries.com/a-house-in-lempordacatalonia-spain/

It was important to the client that the renovations be a sympathetic addition to the much-loved style of the original art deco apartment building. The design of the kitchen took particular care to retain the original 1938 wall tiles whilst doing a full kitchen replacement. The new cabinetry conceals all the modern conveniences and appliances in a relatively small galley kitchen. It was important for the kitchen to not feel like a room full of machines. The key to the success of this project by James Allen Architect Studio, was finding a new place for the fridge. This was solved by cutting a hole in the wall and poking the back of the integrated fridge through, borrowing space from the living room. This way precious kitchen bench space was maximised and allowed a new cupboard space for the washer/dryer that was previously in the common basement. The client’s vintage sofa…