The Modern House: A monastic oasis with courtyard garden by Takero Shimazaki Architects, an atelier “focused on producing work of enduring tactile quality.”
As the listing notes, the house takes its inspiration from J.M.W. Turner’s painting
Interior of an Italian Church and is “intended as a sanctum from the modern world, its monolithic structure and measured pools of light a rare environment for focus and reflection. The design marries light and lighting with a simple, textured palette of concrete, natural wood, and stone, echoing the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi.”
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The Modern House. Above: The mysterious, chestnut-clad facade is an anomaly on the street, which is lined with traditional brick row houses. Above: A polished concrete gallery leads to the small courtyard. Above: The interior is defined by a series of arched doorways. Above: A corner of the living area, with a vintage leather club chair. Above: The main living area. Above: The kitchen has Corian worktops and Miele appliances. Light filters into the room via an open porthole through to the staircase and dining room. Above: The kitchen has Dornbracht fittings; for more white faucets, 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Matte White Faucets. Above: A spiral concrete staircase with a brass handrail leads to the second floor. Above: The bedroom overlooks the courtyard. Above: The bathroom has marble herringbone tiling, brass fittings, and a reclaimed birdbath stone sink with a custom steel stand. Above: A detail of the birdbath stone sink with brass faucets. Above: The shower is shielded by a half-glass wall.
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