Architect: CAB Architects, Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
From the architect: "Ritchie Rowhouse is a modern renovated Edwardian townhouse by CAB Architects. It was designed to maximize daylight, and celebrate a love of warm materials—particularly, brass and gold. The kitchen was placed in the center of the ground floor, becoming the anchor between the living and dining spaces."
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Interior designer: Eilat Dar, Location: Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel
From the interior designer: "As the owner of the house, and as an interior design studio based in Israel, I decided to examine whether it is possible to maintain a dynamic family life in a meticulous and minimal space. As an enthusiastic admirer of the minimalism trend, I examined Japanese and Scandinavian design culture. Both are known for their fine and meticulous minimalism, but I also took into account that the consumption habits in Israel are very different from the consumption habits in these countries. While Israelis enthusiastically embrace the excessive consumption habits of the West, in Denmark minimalism is a way of life for all intents and purposes."
3. Crosby Loft
Architect: BC-OA, Location: New York, New York
From the architect: "The owners of this 2,300-square-foot converted loft in SoHo had a clearly defined vision for what their renovation wasn’t. Their close friends and neighbors across the elevator had recently renovated their identical loft with BC-OA, which featured clean, minimalist detailing contrasted against the selective exposure of the structure’s original brick and timbers. The clients for this project admired the neighboring renovation, but were looking to embrace the loft aesthetic to a greater extent in this historic and quintessential SoHo cast-iron building."
Architect: Best Practice, Location: Seattle, Washington
From the architect: "In the Roanoke Park neighborhood of Seattle, the Best Practice design team was asked to modernize and breathe life into a 100-year-old grand house for a sophisticated and stylish family with two young boys. Although the stately house had much to admire, at the time of purchase it was extremely outdated and in dire need of a refresh. We approached the complete interior remodel with a genuine sense of reverence for the original character and craftsman details, but with an aim for the unconventional. The design consisted of rigorous attention to clean and simple details for the new inserted design elements, along with isolated and highly curated moments of color and material whimsy."
5. Zen Light
Architect: Barrett Studio Architects, Location: Boulder, Colorado
From the architect: "This North Boulder ranch style house circa 1956 was lacking spacial flow, and most importantly, life affirming daylight. The family of three desired a home that lived inside to outside while enhancing their life centered around the kitchen.Yin and yang counter-folded gestures are repeated at different scales throughout—notice the roofline, the kitchen island, and the fireplace as examples. It is a house that balances warm and cool tones, metal and wood, architecture and landscape. While the owners could have added ceiling height to the first floor, they elected for the intimacy of an eight-foot height."
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