Concrete House in California by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects
Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects designed the Concrete House in Piedmont, California, a complete remodel of an existing 1974 cast-concrete and brick house.
The original residence was built to accommodate a young couple, and became a fluid, open plan organised around a central courtyard – the focal point. The remodel was intended to transform the house into a family-practical home, upgrading the finishes and furnishings of the house whilst attempting to respect the previous residence as much as possible.
Amongst the most-renovated areas were the kitchen and bathrooms. Both were reconfigured with a view to maintain the spaciousness but also generate a feel of privacy when desired. The refurbished kitchen now has folding doors; the options of either opening the house up to further the expansive feel, or shutting the kitchen off for formal occasions are now offered.
The main living space was also afforded this luxury, as operable sliding doors were installed to extend the space into the pool terrace, enhancing a feeling of freedom. Three new bedrooms were also added to the house to further stress a new-found emphasis on family life for the clients.
In short, this California home attests to the fact that, despite widespread refurbishment, a house can still be a modern, simplistic and exquisite take on contemporary architecture.
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