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Modern Architecture versus Vintage Interior

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Located on a narrow urban site, this modern house naturally takes an elongated shape that steps down the slope of the site. Designed by Bossley Architects, the house is accessible via a concrete and wood bridge that crosses a moat of planting.The bridge leads to the entry, made of glass and wood. The glass is translucent, in order to bring in soft light from the outside but protect the privacy of the inside at the same time. The facade is protected by a screen made of vertical cedar planks connected by intermittent horizontal pieces. The pastel colors of these pieces introduce us already to the vintage colors of the interior, decorated in the style of the 50’s and 60’s. The entry is at an intermediary level, from where the wooden stairs bring either up to the main living level, or down to the night area, where the bedrooms have their own terrace and outdoor space. At the living level, light and privacy are regulated via vertical lourveline panels of either cedar or aluminum. A generous deck with glimpses of the harbor completes the footprint of this upper level. The interior design and materials reflect the owners’ love of the 50’s, period from which the have collected beautiful furniture, art and ceramics.

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The narrow spaces create beautiful one point perspectives, with concrete floors and wooden ceilings.

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The built in elements such as the wooden bookshelves and storage are created in the same spirit of the 50’s, to match the great original furniture.

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The hoop pine cabinetry of the kitchen and the playful pastels of the sliding cabinet doors recreate a vintage kitchen in a modern way. There is a lot of light in the kitchen area, as the back-splash is actually a long and narrow window.

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The white brick wall of the dining room contrasts with the 50’s original dark wood dining table and chairs. The wall art and the various lamps are totally in tone with the rest, creating a very elegant dining atmosphere.

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One of the most interesting features of the staircase is the stainless steel mesh screen that hangs from the ceiling separating the two flights of stairs.

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In the bathrooms, the vintage atmosphere is obtained with the mix of white, black and grey tiles, the custom made cabinet, and details such as the round mirror and the hanging lamp.

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