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MHLA INC. Mark Hartley Landscape Architects
WIN Awards 2014 (World Interiors News), UK – Residential Interiors Longlist
This country residence re-design engenders layers of connectivity, between interior spaces and, crucially, between interior and exterior. Extended sightlines interlace living areas and reach out to key vistas in the landscape. Nature’s presence is felt throughout the home.
The residence’s original incarnation was disjointed and isolated, from within and without. The revised home is simplified, modernized and integrated. Rooms are rationalized and volumes fully articulated. Expanded door heights and unified ceiling planes lead the eye through seamless living spaces and to the surrounding landscape beyond. Metal screens with glazed inserts delineate functional zones without disrupting views. New elements – the cold-rolled steel entry fireplace, living-area bookcase, stone-clad kitchen hearth and stone-clad ensuite fireplace – express the full breadth of interior volumes.
The home’s newly-acquired contemporary overtones defer to its French Château-inspired architecture, with materials and textures that resonate with nature and have permanence. Bronze-finished metal and stone facing blur distinctions between old and new, introduced and pre-existing, indoors and out.
As part of the overall design discourse, decorative furnishings within the residence are edited and curated carefully. There are no window coverings or wall art in principal rooms. The interrelationship of interior architecture and nature remains central, enlivened by a soft palette and a dynamic, changeable play of light and shadow.
Photography by Ben Rahn / A-Frame Studio
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