Giving a traditional home a contemporary overhaul is a task far more challenging than designing a brand new residence from scratch. The pre-imposed constraints often make the work of architects that much more difficult. Stephenson ISA Studio though has done a commendable job in turning an old and dull residence in Manchester UK into a fabulous modern home that exudes transparency and class. One of the major elements of design that altered the look of the existing structure was the extensive use of glass.
Original front elevation of the home was kept intact while incorporating brand new interiors that included two new upper level extensions that provided private quarters for the adults and the children separately. While the stylish lower level sports a living space that is connected visually with the backyard and a dining area the top floors house the bedrooms which offer lovely views along with ample privacy.
One would assume that building a stylish and soothing retreat in a place like the New Forest National Park in UK is a delicate balancing act. Not only does the natural getaway need to be luxurious and contemporary on the inside but it also has to be a sustainable project.
A large living space clad in pristine white welcomes you inside even as several levels of private quarters are beautifully tucked away above it. The indoor pool and the lounge area offer an element of surprise and the floating spiral staircase with glass railing brings a sense of magic and excitement to the setting. Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide visual connectivity with the world outside. Green spaces and carefully placed plants bring in some natural freshness to the interiors.
The stylish residence sports an open floor living plan with the kitchen dining area and the living space all connected visually. Though large glass windows ensure that it opens up towards the ocean the entrance is gated and includes a large courtyard that blocks any prying eyes.