Adaptive reuse of old structures does much more than utilize resources in a smart fashion. They create new styles and trends that come about due to a clever blend of contrasting themes.
But it is also the setting to some of the most beautiful panoramic scenery that one will ever come across and sits on a small chunk of this natural paradise. Nestled next to the tranquil and mesmerizing Lake Llanquihue and with an imposing volcano making its presence felt in the backdrop this contemporary home designed by has it all!
The by Ben Giles Architect accomplishes this with a design that is sensitive to the needs of an elderly couple even as the street noise outside is kept out using a façade that relies on smart acoustics and wooden surfaces.
Cleverly built decks around the house along with the garden pool area and other spaces extend the living space outside. A rainwater collection system and host of other planet-friendly features put the final touches on a home that is breezy beautiful and well-lit at all times.
Others might prefer a clerestory window to usher in brightness. But the takes a different route with the use of skylights that fill the entire home with plenty of natural light. Revamped by Downie North Architects this 1950’s bungalow in the suburbs of Sydney was given a new floor plan along with a cheerful vibe that alters it entirely.
A second living area kitchen and bedrooms on the first floor can function as a home for the visiting grandchildren and can be accessed by both the staircase and an elevator.
With the neutral hue of the décor it is the cleverly placed wooden accents and furniture pieces that shine through even as the multiple fireplaces throughout the house make their presence felt.
A rocky bank of the lake that feels relaxing a majestic volcano in the distance that greets you each morning and the gentle presence of a lake; everything one could ask for seems to be present in this tiny pocket of natural greenery.