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“We love the way the garden is incorporated in the experience of the living room,” says Hassam. “It appears like a monumental painting; it is contemplative, beautiful and changes by the season. The Barcelona chairs in red leather and turquoise rug are simple and complementary to the dramatic view.”
“This modern kitchen exemplifies the richness of natural materials we like using that age well in time, such as marble, leather, wood combined with integrated stainless steel appliances,” Hassam explains. “The design and composition of the materials strike a balance of functionality and beauty without compromise. The storage is hidden, allowing the focus to be on the display of simple and beautiful everyday objects.”
“This retreat offers a beautiful view of long vistas of a natural country landscape,” says Syme. “The full-height glass facade provides a panorama of the surrounding hills and a fantastic view of the big open skies. Like a lot of our architectural work, we like to make seamless transitions between the exterior and interior spaces.”
“Our design for the house addition brings lots of natural light through large windows,” says Tong. “The generous deck is an expansion of the dining experience to the outdoors. It creates a great place to entertain friends, and enjoy the garden view overlooking the pool. The addition has lots of glass connecting the kitchen to the outside deck.”
“The kitchen is conveniently laid out with ease of flow to the adjacent patio deck, where they love to entertain and meals are enjoyed in the open air of long summer nights. The kitchen cabinets and island are designed to create a layering effect, and draw the sight lines towards the deck,” Tong explains.
“Large open plans are wonderful, but can be very tricky,” warns Hassam. “Its challenging to create comfortable settings for gathering and activities without feeling cluttered or in a distracting environment. In this space we were able to create three zones within one large space for an open kitchen, dining area near the deck and comfortable seating area in the family room. Each setting feels like it has its own distinct place and character in proximity to the other areas without feeling compromised.”
“This house was designed with a dramatic atrium space behind a screen. During the day it bathes the interior with diffused light, and at night time it illuminates like a building lantern,” says Hassam. “The layout of the building defines an intimate garden space that can be seen from the glazed dining area and the sun room. The luminous poolside creates a magical landscape setting for the evenings.”
“A grand stair has a great impact in the design of a home. Here, it is positioned in a dramatic double-story atrium space that brings natural, diffused light to the open-concept plan. It is a sculptural centerpiece that can be seen from all the surrounding spaces in the house,” says Hassam.
“This ensuite bathroom is designed to highlight mosaic tiles in a panel that frames the freestanding wood tub,” Hassam explains. “This brings out the simple sculptural quality of the tub and the graphic pattern creates an intimate scale to the large room. The rest of the room is finished in a warm white limestone.”
“We love the rawness and unique qualities of laneways and courtyards in the urban fabric. At my coach house, the courtyard space is transformed to a place where the kids have a place to play and for entertaining guests over dinner. The new layers of construction frame the relics of the historical site,” says Tong.