Instead of polishing the rough and imperfect finishes of concrete the homeowners wanted to leave the little ‘imperfections’ intact. Next to the concrete surfaces is natural hardwood; a surface that brings warmth and elegance to the façade and the interior.
The house in its basic form is an amalgamation of two different structures – an ‘I’ shaped building that holds the private rooms along with additional bedrooms and an ‘L’ shaped structure that hosts the public areas.
Creating an aesthetic connection between a 100-year old farmhouse and a smaller modern outbuilding that has been built far more recently is a tricky task that requires attention to detail.
One of the immediate highlights of the interior that one notices is the split-level living area and the way its vast double-height presence becomes the overwhelming factor that shapes the house.
Sitting next to a wetland and a golf course the exterior of this home designed by Auhaus Architecture is draped in raw concrete and natural hardwood. Despite the presence of the large glass windows and sliding walls it is the concrete structure that holds all your attention.
Unsparingly the solution came in the form of a first floor extension that ventures into the backyard and provides shade for the lower level. The new upper level with its vertical batten cladding and steel frame around the windows gives the rear façade a distinct identity even while creating an efficient and cheerful interior.
A contemporary bridge connects the two buildings and the space between them along with the surrounding landscape acts as the outdoor relaxation zone. It is not just polished modern finishes glass and concrete that hold sway here as stone walls and plush décor bring additional visual contrast.
The double height central zone leads the way towards the kitchen library and living zone where Nordic design and smart storage solutions hold sway. A dark stairway with built-in storage leads to the attic above which holds a serene and secluded relaxation and reading zone.