But as you move through the home a brick and glass ‘tunnel’ connects the old existing residence with a standalone modern addition creating a seamless transition between the past and the future! Designed by MODO this unique approach brings much more than mere renewed aesthetics with natural light flooding through the renovated interior.
The kitchen and bathrooms employ black for a dash of dramatic exuberance with woodsy accents door knobs and shelves adding a pinch of warmth to an otherwise refined setting. Cleverly placed skylights throughout the residence and elegant lighting put the final touches on this tantalizing transformation that ventures away from the mundane.
Nestled in the suburb of Australia this fabulous and striking Victorian home extension and refurbishment treads a similar path as Robson Rak turn an aged and dark interior into a refreshing relaxing and energized setting.
The key: turning to a semi-buried structure. The exceptional residence designed by OYO Architects has an open plan living area on the top level that sits just above ground while the private spaces are nestled underneath.
A central touchscreen in the living area is the hub of this ‘smart’ automation system which can also be operated from your smartphone or laptop over a LAN network. Add to this a clever waste recovery system solar panels that provide clean energy and passive heating and cooling techniques that cut power consumption drastically and you have a sustainable and ‘connected’ residence that would delight both the eco-conscious and the tech-savvy!
A living area with floor-to-ceiling glass windows on three sides not only offers unabated ocean views but also a charming glimpse of the bustling city skyline in the opposite direction.
Salvaged bricks and sliding glass doors used for the tunnel along with the asymmetrical butterfly roof form the two exclusive features of the residence that let it stand out from the pack. Modern décor and a neutral color scheme combined with textural contrast further up the style quotient of this fabulous re-energized cottage Down Under.