Working around both the historical and solar limitations of the site Nic Owen Architects revamped the interior of the home completely by altering its floor plan and also added a modern rear extension.
Designed by NatureArch Studio this narrow house is set on a plot that is just forcing the architects to make the most of every inch of space on offer. What it lacks in width the home makes up for easily in height as its various public and private spaces are stretched across four different levels.
Using two intersecting volumes the architects aimed to overcome the challenge of creating a stylish spacious and organic family home with a light-filled and airy interior. It is the lower levels of the two volumes that house the large living area and an additional family room along with a sleek modern kitchen in white and a lovely dining space.
Minimal to its core the new interior of is draped in cool neutral hues with white and shades of gray being the dominant colors. Black is used sparingly throughout the house to anchor the interior and to highlight distinct architectural features.
On the outside the seems just like another of these modest residences that has been squeezed into a bustling urban scene. But step inside and you will find a surprisingly cheerful and light-filled interior that works around the constraints of the lot and manages to create an inviting and pleasant ambiance.
A glass wall separates the garage from the interior ensuring that it becomes a part of the home itself. It is the first floor that holds the reception area with the master suite occupying the top level. Three additional bedrooms and bathrooms on the third floor ensure there is plenty of space for friends and family.
Color is a rarity inside this transformed Belgian home with warm wooden tones providing the necessary contrast even while playing into the overall ‘modern-minimal’ look. The rejigged floor plan places the kitchen in the spacious attic with the bedroom and bathroom on the lower level opening up towards the pool and garden area.