Open Box House, Contemporary Family House by Feldman Architecture
Designed by Feldman Architecture, This Open Box House transformed a run-of-the-mill 1950s vinyl-clad box into a contemporary family house that takes advantages of its site. The original house was detached on three sides and perched on a lot with panoramic views, but its small windows and small dark rooms ignored the hillside location. The unfinished lower floor made no effort to connect to the large flat yard.
The architect knocked out interior walls to create a large open plan that centers on a sleek new kitchen and installed floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning downtown views. To the previously unfinished lower floor the architect added a new entry, a guest suite, and a large family room whose glass walls roll away to connect the inside to a newly landscaped deck and yard.
The clean modern house is warmed by the generous use of dark stained wood and rich tiles, and by its strong connection to lush landscaping. Steel and aluminium accent and details contribute its clean design.