With natural brick walls and exposed steel beamwork, the bones of Maison Franken, a warehouse residence generates its very own set of conditions that when embraced will produce a property of fascinating functions that can be played up or down. In this case the characteristics are not only played up but also celebrated. The repeating steel post and beam assistance framework is reinterpreted into a spectacular stairwell of steel platforms that each will take the kind of 2 treads. A minimalist balustrade of steel rods runs vertically from the steel platforms to the floor joists of the upper volume and that all-natural steel tone is picked up on the floor lamp that gracefully swags above to the dining table. Also playing of the exposed publish and beam structures is the fireplace façade which picks up the same dark grey shades of the steel.
The spacious interior of this residence belies the tall and narrow feeling to the tall and narrow white cube that is its upper façade. 3 storeys high and with a personal courtyard in the back, the reduced volume is a blend of steel and glass that overlooks the courtyard.
The courtyard has a small backyard that is accessed by means of the kitchen and is the perfect spot for growing herbs. Upstairs, on the second degree a loved ones space is flooded with light via the skylights that run the length of the steel stairwell. The household room continues the layout aesthetic of exposed structural components by retaining the ceiling joists exposed. Significantly less evident then the steel bones the ceiling joists act as a reflection of the wood flooring beneath. Also continuing the theme of the decrease level is the dark grey façade on this 2nd degree fireplace.
Just within the courtyard is the kitchen. Generating the most of the view the architects have placed the 2 the sink and the bar in line with the windows so whether the property owners are operating or relaxing, the personal courtyard is usually proper there. Wrapped in tall brick walls, the intimate feeling to the courtyard is a dramatic contrast to the busy street on the other side. With the red bricks being so dominantly element of the overall “seem and feel” to the kitchen, the architects and home owners have selected to play off of them with the introduction of rose red bar stools. Even the greenery is repeated in modest location created by the adjust of height to the counter and the surround to the stove hood.
Even though there is intimate seating for 3 inside of the kitchen, there is a big dining region capable of sitting 10 in the social zone of the residence. Right here, in contrast to the kitchen, bold colors have been replaced with organic pale woods. Even the “reddish” shade inside the painting is a lot more of a natural reddish wood hue.
The dining table runs the length of the street wall and is for that reason windowless. In front of it is the living spot and white Barcelona chairs – accurate classics – are paired with a modern day white coffee table and a casual sofa. The soft lines of the sofa and coffee table are in direct contrast to the linear patterns designed by the beams, stairwell, balustrade and brickwork, whilst the Barcelona chairs offer a bit of both. They have the curvaceous lines inside their chrome legs and the leather tufting, as properly as the more angular lines in the silhouettes of the leather sections. This combination of soft and hard lines is what helps make the Barcelona such a staple function in numerous houses.
The stairwell not only is critical as a repeating element of steel, but it also becomes the focal stage to the area, appearing a lot more as a sculptural set up then a staircase. The line of skylights above flood light down onto the steel platforms additional enhancing the sculptural result developed by the planes. With the riser getting produced by the treads and only appearing as the joining force to every pair of treads, the poetic verse is a regular prose of balance, rhythm and harmony – which just come about to be the 3 most important attributes to any very good style whether room, ar2rk, or land.
The stairs no matter how artistic are meant to be utilized. Without them this super comfy loved ones area would be inaccessible, and that would be a shame. In the household area the balustrade has switched from vertical components to rows of horizontal steel rods that perform off of the exposed ceiling joists. The reduced profile to the added deep sectional keeps the space feeling tall whilst the wood floors keep the area feeling warm.
From the street view a single would never ever know there was such a beautiful modern residence inside the walls of the warehouse. The hustle and bustle of the city passes unaware of the quiet retreat inside of. Bekhor Architecte Photography by Laurent Brandajs