Irrespective of the source even and smart lighting makes a big difference to the ambiance of a home and the gorgeous in Willesden Junction highlights this fact ever so beautifully! Refurbished and given a new extension by deDraft the once traditional English home now has a more modern and cheerful feel that is centered around clever natural lighting and a neutral color palette.
The problem is often not the lack of space but the way we put existing space to use. We simply do not pay enough attention to the vertical space on offer and utilize it to the hilt as this smart modern residence in Slovakia does.
The solid stone structure on the base level contains the children’s rooms along with the safe room and other service spaces. The more open sheltered area holds the patio living area and kitchen and is connected with the outdoor dining and lounging area.
It is the second floor that houses the entrance of this fabulous home with a smart walkway leading to a cubic volume that is draped entirely in Brazilian teak. A large Cor-ten steel door provides visual and textural contrast to the curious entrance and leads into the foyer.
Despite its ultra-modern appeal there is no lack of contrast both in terms of geometry and texture inside the home with stylish wooden panels in the dining room and the home office bringing the walls and the ceiling alive.
Designed by SO Architecture it is two large boxes that make up the overall design of the residence with the one on the ground providing partial support for the second box above. A steel frame also provides additional support creating an open living area that contains the kitchen and dining room.
A sculptural steel staircase leads to the top floor where one finds the master suite and an equally spacious deck that offers unabated views of the scenic landscape outside. Sliding glass doors a neutral color scheme and unassuming interiors ensure that the sights and sounds outside end up stealing the spotlight at this ingenious contemporary home.