Initially unassuming, the E/C home on Portugal's Pico Island appears hidden from the road, partially wrapped in the basalt walls from an 18th-century farmhouse. Architects Ines Vieira da Silva and and Miguel Vieira approached the site with a vision to create a relationship with the landscape; they designed the 2,600-square-foot holiday home to not only be a simple escape, but also to frame the weathered coast and reflect its past.
Architects Anne Marie Lubrano and Lea Ciavarra limited the material selection in their renovation of a town house dating from 1899. The powder room on the first floor is located in a former waiting area (the previous resident used the level for his dental practice). It features a custom Alabastro marble sink and fixtures by California Faucets. The architects kept the original fireplace, paying homage to the structure’s history.
Architects who practice in dense cities know its almost impossible to add square footage to an apartment. Yet at a garden-level residence in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop was able to unearth 70 square feet of living space through a little excavation. Along with historic wood and steel details, several warm brick walls were exhumed and left exposed.
At this farmhouse restoration in Scotland, Cor-Ten steel from a ship building yard clads the new structure, which connects via a glass “bridge” to a rebuilt stone farmhouse containing the bedrooms.
When designer Anne Sophie Goneau first ascended the stairs of a century-old triplex to reach its highest door, she found a site filled with low standards: a series of light-obstructing walls cornered off rooms and boxed in a tiny kitchen. But the property had potential and it didn’t hurt that its address in downtown Montreal was close to entertainment. As demolition of plaster walls took place, Goneau and her team discovered original bricks that she decided to work into the final design.
From the street, this 18th-century stone residence blends in inconspicuously with its neighbors in the old city of Safed in the north of Israel. Architects Henkin Irit and Shavit Zohar preserved the historic shell, while introducing contemporary elements to the interior including concrete, wood, steel, and glass.
Architect Piers Taylor's renovation of an old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization.