Firstly I must thank Inside Out for tweeting this great find. As many of you know, I usually write my Homes to Inspire column on Sunday but when this one came across my radar I knew it couldn't wait until the end of the week!
Featured on designboom.com, this project, '46 Water Street' by Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel is an impressive one. A heritage building in the Gastown district of Vancouver, it has had a full seismic upgrade and restoration. A new courtyard placed in the middle of the loft has created a light-filled airy space, while the original framework provides quite a dramatic contrast. As much as I love both the fresh, modern extension and the beautiful, character brickwork, it's the mix of these two styles, old and new, that I find so instantly appealing.
An incredible restoration of the main entrance makes a striking first impression.
Opposites attract. A view from the new kitchen through to the original framework in the living area and stunning staircase entrance. I love the colourful pendant lights hanging above the kitchen island.
The living area looks so inviting. Beautifully furnished, the sofa is perfect for the large space, and the rich blue colour looks amazing against the brickwork, don't you think? Cowhide rugs and wool chair overlays add warmth and texture.
The blue theme continues in the luxurious bathroom. I'm loving shimmery mosaic tiles right now.
This is one of those homes I'd love to step inside to fully appreciate all that it offers. Actually I'd quite happily move on in! Do you like it? I'd love to know what you think.