Russia has witnessed a burgeoning of architecturally designed contemporary homes by Russian architects their presence symbolizing both a level of progress and the growing disparity between those who are well off and those in need. Setting aside socio-economics (this picture is after all repeated across the world) Russia’s progress has enabled many new architectural firms to flourish.
Located in the beautiful city of Carmel-by-the-Sea California this cozy home was originally a Mid-Century era structure that was in need of a breezy contemporary update. But Studio Schicketanz not only altered the interior of the aging structure but also gave it an entirely new context by turning it into the very first LEED-certified home in the neighborhood.
Restoring and maintaining the house Knud Erik had the walls rendered using lime in the original white colour. Its window frames (there are 104 windows) were sanded and painted and the original exterior doors were taken apart then returned to their former state.
The double height living area with glass walls that open into patio is the place to be in this home and acts as the heart and soul of Casa IV. A large accent wall covered in wooden boards also features a warm sleek fireplace and a large piece of modern wall art that complements the room’s color palette.
It is one thing to give an old home a new skin and ambiance with a quick renovation but transforming it into an energy-efficient modern home is a completely different proposition.
Every little detail inside the cabin is crafted to ensure that the atmosphere is as informal and serene as possible while remaining true to the classic woodsy cabin style. Pops of green yellow and blue add excitement and bring out the cool architectural features in each room with simplicity being the key focal point.
Large glass doors and windows on the lower level connect the large open plan living area with the landscape outside even as the wooden deck and pool area become an extension of the interior. A lovely bookcase adds color to the cultured living room where décor and accessories are kept to a bare minimum.