Our focus was to return the house to its essence of form and to create a home full of atmosphere and individuality. The brief was to create an authentic home with a strong sense of identity and with clients being of Danish heritage, a house that at its core was the definition of “Hygge” (a unique Danish word evoking comfort and contentment).
▼住宅外观及环境，appearance and environment of the house ©Shannon McGrath
In our client’s eyes, the value of this renovation lies not just in its function and the shelter it provides, but because we have been able to repurpose an existing home and conserve the heart and soul of the forgotten. On arrival, the entry is now defined by an oversized eave that emphasizes the horizontality of the façade and strengthens the cohesiveness of the existing architectural form. It has been punctured to allow substantial soft landscaping adjacent the entrance, as well as provide increased light into the interior of the heart of the home without compromising on privacy.
▼入户花园，house gardens ©Shannon McGrath
▼天井处栽种了许多绿植，也让阳光得以进入室内，the patio is planted with green plants that allow sunlight to enter ©Shannon McGrath
The layering of these spaces was further strengthened by adding plate glass walls that intersected the solid walls. Whilst spaces were isolated acoustically, a controlled visual connection was promoted. In contrast to the modest and simple façade, on entering, spaces unfold and are layered upon each other.
▼入口空间在玻璃墙和绿植的映衬下更显层次感，the entrance space is layered with glass walls and greenery ©Shannon McGrath
▼拥有花园景色的餐厅，dining room with a view of the garden ©Shannon McGrath
▼面向花园的厨房被打造成特殊开口，the kitchen facing the garden was made into a special opening ©Shannon McGrath
▼厨房和吧台区域，kitchen and bar areas ©Shannon McGrath
Further connections are made between the adjacent garden and the space around the house, providing a layering of landscape and surrounding built form. The home is light filled with fresh air and aspect, yet there is an inner truth and stillness to the spaces that produces calm and a certain mindfulness. Solid brick exterior walls carry inside to frame the heart of the home (Kitchen + Meals) and create interior portal openings which connect adjacent spaces (Dining, Living + Bar).
▼造型独特的灶台，the hearth with distinctive modelling ©Shannon McGrath
▼灶台细部，details in the hearth ©Shannon McGrath
The language of the exterior brickwork is carried inside, to form and define volumes. These walls are unadorned and honest. The interiors celebrate the beauty of imperfection. There are no embellishments, no overworked decoration.
▼客厅也遵循了外墙的砖砌风格，the living room wall also follows the brick style of the outer wall ©Shannon McGrath
▼与外墙一样朴实无华的室内装修，as plain as the exterior walls of the interior decoration ©Shannon McGrath
Clients want to live in a large room that provides high quality interaction and communication without too much noise and distractions. How to meet and balance these requirements is something the design team needs to think about and overcome.
▼卧室的落地窗带来良好采光及景色，the French window of the bedroom brings good daylighting and scenery ©Shannon McGrath
▼卧室，bedroom ©Shannon McGrath