An inner-city 1950’s worker’s cottage transformed into an urban oasis, as Öopenspace styles an extension finished in raw concrete and light-filled double volume spaces that harmonizes the old and the new.
Designed by Ferguson Architects, the extension alludes to a play of simple volumes that are juxtaposed with tapering skylights and an open-floor plan. The layout cleverly expand in the centre, giving airiness and light in what would be the darkest area of the house. This imbues the space with an introspective dimension, akin to that of an art gallery. It makes one look inward, yet upwards towards to the skylight.
Paying homage to the original front portion of the house, the styling objective was to breathe new life into the space whilst capturing the essence of the old. A careful selection of mid-century inspired furniture captures this specific moment in time, while a raw modern industrial look in the extension.
In the front bedroom of the original portion of the home, it was to use a beautiful fern green and blush palette to give a touch of modernity and brightness to this vintage space.
The plush Cas-Ret armchair gives a dash of subtle color.
The Bowie bedroom collection, finished in American walnut and fabric upholstered bedhead alludes to a time of old with its organic chamfered corners and tapered legs.
As part of the old building fabric, the family room takes on a more subdued palette of grays and whites. With Commune’s monochromatic painting as the focal point, the selection of the gray Cas-Ret 3-seater and Weiland coffee table was to mute the space and give more emphasis on the artwork.
The newly extended portion of the home has an industrial warehouse feel with large angular ceilings, textured concrete walls and floors. The floor to ceiling bifold doors at the courtyard fully opens to allow passive ventilation through its operable skylights above.
Commune’s Tusk product range were selected to complement the raw industrial feel of the extension. With it’s blackpowder-coated metal wrapping around the raw texture of solid American Oak, it is aminimalist industrial style that is apt for this space. The plush Kardell sofa in blackleather softens the space while giving an air of elegance with its organic forms, paired with a B&O A9 free-standing that shares the same black and American walnut tones.
Glass elements, copper and brass finishes and a calming blue and teal pallet have been layered throughout the space creating a cool contemporary vibe, giving a warmth to what will be otherwise cold and raw space.