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Modern Addition: Grey Living Box and Timber Sleeping Cube

UK architects Andy Ramus and Laurent Metrich of AR Design Studio sent us some photos of their latest house design – essentially, a modern addition consisting of a charcoal grey living box topped by a timber sleeping cube. As far as exterior architectural details go, this home is stacked – literally. Dubbed The Medic’s House, this contemporary style home may have an old school name, but all its charms scream modern living. And why do we love it? It’s the home’s effortless combination of natural and sophisticated that really sets it apart, inside and out. And direct access to beautiful outdoor entertaining areas never hurts! Take the tour of this modernist home and judge for yourself!

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They say kids change your life, and in this case, the birth of their daughter changed their house as well. The original 1950s three-bedroom house called for an extension housing two additional bedrooms upstairs, along with concept interiors on the main level to promote socializing and family life with access to the outdoors.
From the architects, “AR Design Studio’s solution was to create a large charcoal grey living box at ground level with a full height glazed opening elevation to the garden. A timber clad sleeping pod is perched above at first floor level providing the additional bedrooms.”

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At ground level, a large kitchen, living and dining area is bright and airy, bathed in natural light and opening to the garden through three large sliding glass panels.

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The floor runs flush with the patio outside, offering a seamless transition from indoors out.

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These cool, modern interiors are warmed up with the lush green scenes of the garden just on the other side of the glass.

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We love the balance of calmness built into the design of the kitchen. What is typically a hectic, chaotic room in the house is transformed into a spot of sweet serenity.

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But aesthetics don’t come at the cost of function. After all, if you don’t have function in a kitchen, what good is it? This culinary center boats a long kitchen island, offering prep space and a casual spot for a quick meal on the go, complete with sinks and a stove top – an inspiring spot to work while overlooking the outdoors.

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Translucent glass panels offer natural light and a blurred view of the outdoors without compromising privacy.

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In contrast to the bright white interiors, the dramatic black tiled bathroom is distinctly masculine and strong, featuring crisp pops of white in its modern fixtures and ceiling.

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Windows are positioned for views and natural light, while maintaining privacy.

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Even this small powder room delivers a good dose of drama, with dark large scale tiles and an invisible glass shower.

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Large mirrors visually enhance the size of the space.

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Elevations:

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First floor plan:

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Second floor plan:

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AR Design Studio is a RIBA certified architects practice, based in Winchester, Hampshire, specializing in elegant and imaginative contemporary new homes, extensions, renovations and multi-plot developments. AR Design Studio’s architectural expertise and flair have been bestowed with a number of prestigious industry awards such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2012 Downland Prize, Civic Trust Award, Best of Houzz Award, Federation of Master Builders Award and Daily Telegraph Small House of the Year Award.
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Photo credit: Martin Gardner

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