Renovating an ’80s home into a contemporary residence that fits the specific needs of a homeowner is a task that is challenging enough. But the founder of Marco Costanzi Architetti was faced with a challenge that is far more unconventional and demanded greater sensitivity.
Southeast Asia often produces some of the most extravagant homes on the planet–homes that combine captivating views with serene ambiance in an organic fashion. Not only is it home to some of the world’s top dream destinations (ranging from the spectacular villas of Bali to the stunning beaches of Thailand) the country also offers the perfect backdrop to enjoy life at a relaxed pace. The beautiful is the dream home of architect photographer and interior designer Marc Gerritsen. And on first glimpse it does look like an amazing retreat draped in natural goodness.
Trying to build a traditional and tranquil home in a modern city can be a challenging task. A classic Japanese home is often the best way to get around this problem. Bringing together the tried and tested design essentials of Japanese architecture and an elegant modern style the gorgeous in Nagano is a perfect example of the best of both worlds. Crafted with care by Studio Aula every element in the home reflects serenity simplicity and inherent care for the globally loved Japanese way of life.
An open-plan layout sees the kitchen dining area and the living room at the front of the house while the guest bedroom and the master suite occupy the rear. Even though the home comes with a staircase and loft the couple preferred to keep the living areas to just one floor for now. A small laundry room and a gorgeous porch with ample outdoor seating options complete the idyllic home.
Minimal and understated the decor is also kept as simple as possible with large pendants and paper lanterns stealing the show. While the first floor houses the private spaces the lower level holds an open-plan living area along with a smart bedroom that leads to the revamped garden. With sliding glass doors translucent panels and shoji screens the switch between privacy and open flowing interiors is seamless indeed.
But the one aspect of this house that truly sets it apart from the rest is the array of green features that have been incorporated by the architects. Passive solar heating and cooling design naturally keeps the temperature inside moderate even during change of seasons. A high-efficiency boiler with a rooftop solar-thermal preheat a heat recovery system a rainwater harvesting system and energy-efficient lighting fixtures combine to save up on energy consumption.
Designed to meet the needs of a couple (both geologists who now mostly work from home) the residence embraces a relaxed and vibrant appeal. The color scheme is largely kept neutral with simple grays whites and warm wooden tones dominating the interior.