The street façade of the large private residence still retains its original look and it is only on the inside that one uncovers a more contemporary backdrop. The lovely use of windows skylights and of course recessed and pendant lighting add to the glitter and warmth of the family house that seems like a relaxing holiday retreat.
Clad in laminated wood and glass the exterior of the house is distinctly modern and a high pergola adds to its unique presence. The pergola is much more than an aesthetic addition as it keeps away direct sunlight even while providing lovely shade for the dining space on the wooden deck.
That said those buildings from the old Russia are unique to its history and heritage their often modern and brutal abstraction emblematic of a fascinating architectural chapter that doubtless influences what we see today.
Described as “a gutsy jovial tour de force” (Monocle September 2014 Issue 76) Knud Erik Hansen’s accumulated business acumen has helped turn around the fortunes of Carl Hansen & Søn ensuring the prestigious family-run Danish institution remains independent profitable and true to its Danish roots.
Modernizing this outdated residence started with an addition of a new bedroom along with a renovation of the kitchen and the bathrooms. The revamped interior showcases an array of beautiful textures brought in by a curated use of brick wood glass and stone.
A large wall-to-wall bookcase in the living area ends up becoming the focal point of the social zone and also adds plenty of color while the all-white dining space and the black and white kitchen strictly stay away from brighter hues.
Bringing together the past and the present in a wonderful alchemy of styles and eras seems to be the favored path in the case of most home renovations in recent times. The idea of adaptive reuse of an existing structure instead of completely dismantling it and starting afresh has caught on both because of its economic and aesthetic sense. Located in the suburb of just a few miles from the heart of this fabulous home epitomizes the approach of blending the modern with the classic.