The international trend to reconstruct former industrial premises into homes and modern apartments had created many jewels of modern design and architecture. This project of Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects with its crafted details, organic materials and intriguing design solution is one of those jewels.
Transforming the couple’s dwelling into a contemporary, energy efficient and spatially generous family home, the designers used expressive modern stylistic with Asian, style inspired minimalism and purity of materials and forms. Delicate and artistically translated industrial structural details like the exposed concrete slabs, the vertical opening of the windows, the entwinement of metal and wooden structures and beams is a crafty aesthetical reminder of the former factory past and industrial purpose of the premises.
The new rooftop structure that hosts open floor plan is composed of oak and ash, metal and steel in rhythmic, textural alternation and is inspired by the passing nearby canal boat stylistics. The vast floor-to-ceiling windows have an interesting design construct that secures privacy and diffusion of the strong southern daylight glare reducing steel cables are vertically arranged in a high tension in front of the clear glass.
The rich and warm textural expression of the extensive wooden cladding and structures is alternating with trendy black elements and paint, urban industrial inspirations like the concrete slabs and polished floors or the stylish metro tiles that add white shine and dynamic modern style expression. But still, although the vast open spaces feature shining modern materials, minimalist arrangement and exposed industrial hints space possess certain purity and warmth of composition making this project trendy, urban and contemporary and yet very welcoming home. Photography by Nicholas Worley