The sight of old brick-clad terrace houses in London takes you back in time and brings back the image of a more simple era that the world seems to have sped past. Nestled in the unique and iconic neighborhood of Roupell Street Conservation area in central London the is one such timeless treasure that was left unoccupied for over 10 years now.
The smart insertion connects the main house with the two new bedrooms at the rear of the lot and turns a classic Melbourne residence with brick façade into a unique and exquisite contemporary dwelling. Designed by Steffen Welsch Architects the rejuvenated home hosts a family of five thanks to the improved and extended living area.
Consuming 90% less energy than dictated by local building norms this modern home also demands very little in terms of maintenance. As you move beyond the woodsy exterior and head indoors it is a minimal all-white living area that greets you.
But what sets this fabulous modern home next to apart is its striking exterior crafted mainly from Cor-Ten steel and in-situ concrete with glass and brick also being used sporadically. Giving the exterior a bright orange and modern industrial appeal this smart residence designed by Sandy Rendel Architects draws your attention instantly.
Since the image of a lifeguard tower was the source of inspiration materials used inside this Israeli home were kept as natural as possible. A concrete floor and ceiling act as two parallel planes that contain the white stucco walls presenting an image of simplicity and cheerfulness. There is no shortage of natural light here with the large framed windows also ushering in the view on offer! The open living area contains the kitchen and dining and flows onto the deck outside.
Nestled down on the lower level of the residence is the open living area dining room kitchen and a study while the top floor houses five spacious and comfy bedrooms with wonderful river views. A parking area and sunken garden at the front of the house offer a buffer of sorts and keep out the busy street noises even as a beautiful courtyard provides a spacious hangout for the entire family.
Dubbed the mezzanine level of this house hovering above the kitchen and the living area holds two bedrooms and makes the most of the height of the interior. Designed by Architekti Šercel Švec the house was built on a base plate to protect the existing root system of vegetation on the landscape and this helped sustain a lush green garden that is connected with the interior visually. Sliding glass doors offer unabated views of the neighborhood even while extending the living room into the wooden deck and garden outside.