When designers raise an old building from the ashes into a modern residential property, the expectations are often high. The result, however, can be stunning if completed correctly. It is important that the original charm of the building is preserved, especially if the building hosts many historical aspects like this 100 year old building does. The best part of a renovation project is the fact that a property has been rescued from ruins, allowing it to hopefully live on for many centuries more. The project we are privileged to tour through today shows that both modernity and tradition can be combined to great effect. German architecture firm Raumatmosphäre Pantanella were responsible for the transformation, keeping the character of the home yet updating to to client wishes. Take a look…
We begin our tour by showing the house before renovation. Built in 1898, the property simply didn't meet the living standards we look for in a home today. All the elements of the house, except for the structural elements, were removed in order to renew the property almost completely.
Wow—what a transformation! In this image, we can see the remarkable transformation that has taken place. The renovated façade shines in a totally new light thanks to the stark white render that now covers the exterior envelope. On top of this, the colour scheme is completed by those wonderful panels of pale toned wood. To expand the footprint of the house, a glass extension was added. A small terrace was built to extend the living space further, functioning as a wonderful outdoor dining area that is perfect for those warm summer days and balmy evenings.
From the living room, you can fully understand how much of an impact the large windows have on the inside of the house. The occupants are now able to enjoy their garden in a way that was not possible before the renovation. The furniture is minimalist, with the wooden floor adding an element of warmth to the space.
Going upstairs, we find a bright and modern kitchen. The wooden floor contrasts against the stark white kitchen surfaces, lifted by the soft touch of grey on the bench top. Adding an element of personality and vitality is the large colourful painting of poppies and the large jars filled with cookies!
In the bathroom, a union between old and new takes place. While the wooden beams on the ceiling remind us that we are in a house more than a hundred years old, the design of the bathroom propels us well and truly into the 21st century. The shower, of which the enclosure is built entirely from glass, means that the available light is able to penetrate the space with ease.
We end our tour of this centennial house in the courtyard. In addition to the interior, the exterior of the property has also been renovated. Raw and exposed brick walls encase the space, contrasting wonderfully against the stone pavement. We find ourselves in an environment that seems almost Mediterranean, even though the closest sea is miles away. With an intimate and private feeling, the occupants of this home can be sure to enjoy many calm, relaxing evenings under the warmth of the sun or glimmer of the stars.
To see another exciting before and after project, check out the following ideabook: Before & After: From rural ruins to country chic