Viewed from the street the novel extension is almost invisible and it only becomes a part of the home’s visual once you step in. This was an essential component of the overall design as it kept the historic appeal of the house unaltered while the extension with glass walls and large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors brought in ample natural ventilation.
It is the top level that holds the bedrooms the nursery and the guest room along with the bathrooms. Responding to the needs of the landscape in which it sits and showcasing eco-sensitive style this is a home that delights in more ways than one!
The courtyard house is a perennial favorite among homeowners who crave a residence with a flowing indoor-outdoor interplay that blurs the traditional lines of architecture. Of course this is far more difficult to accomplish in an urban setting where both space and privacy become an issue.
It is not very often that the same architect is brought in to revamp and renovate a home even though it has been more than 2 decades since the first redesign. But of W3 Architects found himself in this unique spot as he was asked to expand and revitalize a Santa Monica home from the 1950s that he first upgraded in 1989 himself.
Translucent glass panels are pretty underrated when it comes to home design and barring a few kitchen cabinets and shower doors you do not really see them being used extensively. But the extravagant and vivacious by Pascali Semerdjian Architects in Brazil puts glass panels to perfect use as translucent partitions simple glass dividers and wooden slats combine to offer the best of privacy and unabated connectivity with the landscape.
While the top level of the house seems to float in air ever so elegantly the basement of the cottage is firmly anchored in the Canadian Shield giving it plenty of stability that is key to the expansive upper level design.
Both the living area and the bedroom of the residence open up towards the tranquil curated and modern courtyard that is complete with a refreshing pool. Spread across two different levels a neutral color scheme concrete floors and a healthy splattering of marble backdrops and countertops ensure that there is no shortage of lavishness in the air!