Architect Daniele Claudio Taddei took on the challenge of “bringing into this century” a 1980’s industrial apartment located in Zurich. With various changes implemented throughout, the industrial-style residence now unveils a fresh, contemporary look. Traditional Victorian Terrace Apartment in London Gets a Modern Makeover
The layout of the apartment is relatively simple, with the open-plan living spaces on the main level and the bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Exposed wooden beams, metal framing and massive concrete pillars retain the industrial character of the apartment. The black frames around the glazing inspired the project’s name, A Touch of Chanel, because of its nod to classic Chanel suits.
Glass was used extensively (take note of the transparent flooring on the second level) to let in natural light. “The stairs were replaced and the existing wood floor was treated with colored pigments,” the architects explained. “The kitchen was extended with a stainless steel counter top and to keep the open feel of the large space, the bathroom was imagined in the shape of a glass box”.
Ukraine-based Alex Obraztsov completed the design of a contemporary penthouse in Kiev’s city center. The concept behind the High Lounge project— “Life is wisely thrifty: all new things are made of old ones”— is inspired by a poem belonging to Russian writer Konstantin Forfanov.
Discovered on site, the original arch roofing system was exposed and adds function to the space — aside from extending the living areas, it works as a space divider as well. The steel beam structures complement the plywood panels for a bold, modern look. The newly added terrace has ample space for outdoor relaxation with breathtaking views of the city.
The living room’s dark color palette of gray and black is accented by bold colorful artworks from modern Ukrainian and Japanese painters Oksana Masj and Valerij Startsevand Kenzo Takada. The striking white lacquered kitchen and bathroom further add to the contemporary style of this penthouse. Large windows let in ample natural light during the day, while at night the soft, built-in lighting creates a warm, intimate ambiance. [Photography courtesy of Alex Obraztsov]
Platinum House is a residence in Tokyo, Japan designed by Atelier Spinoza. The narrow shape of the lot meant they needed to design up, but the interior doesn’t just showcase that main goal: maximizing vertical space. The architects were able to achieve an interior that feels spacious by letting natural light flood every single room of the three-story building.
There’s not a single part of the home that feels dark or closed off. In fact it doesn’t even feel horizontally narrow. The first floor abuts a small triangular courtyard and light comes in the floor to ceiling window and glass patio door. And, though most of the courtyard is covered by the second floor deck — the open grating lets light cascade in nonetheless. On the second floor, the floor-to-ceiling patio door and a skylight on one side both allow light to bound in. The central staircase is open so there no hallway walls close off the light. (Only simple white handrails mirror the geometry of the split floor layout.) And, the wood ceilings and interior windows make it seem as spacious and wondrous to look up as it is to look down.
Design studio TANK transformed a conventional office space in Amsterdam, Netherlands, into a complete family home. Salvaging most of the materials found on site, the designers creatively incorporated them in the livings spaces throughout the apartment.
To create this industrial-style family home, the first step was to uncover the building’s original walls — exposing the raw brick and wood-framed doorways. The emerging design scheme focuses on the variety of textures as showcased in the main living area with a wood-feature wall (made from 150-year-old German pine boards discovered on site) juxtaposed with white plaster and exposed brick.
The living room, kitchen and dining area are organized in an open floor plan and connect to the long narrow hallway lined with bookcases. At the end of the corridor, you’ll find the master bedroom complete with a minimalist-style bathroom. The children’s rooms incorporate bright colors and continue the play with textures featured in the unique wooden storage cabinet. [Photography by Teo Krijgsman]
Contemporary Penthouse in Kiev Exhibits Original Arch Roofing