May 30, 2012

Grey marble, white concrete, charcoal + timber : new work by Daniel Marshall Architects



Any house which has a vintage Mercedes SL parked out the front gets my attention. 
Especially a red one.
But let's look a little deeper, to discover what else this bold new work,
by Daniel Marshall Architects,
has which is striking.


This is architecture for people who like their houses to be dramatic and spirited.
No place for prettiness here.


And yet, what could be a cold and austere building is not so,
because of the use of inherently beautiful materials,
like grained timbers, veined marbles & the texture of concrete.


Even the artwork extols the beauty of these materials.


And because of the high ceilings, 
expansive views + clever juxtaposition of dark & white,
shadow & light.





The owners are obviously purists,
and like their architecture bold, to match the dramatic interior design.
And what else would one expect from somebody who drives
a vintage red Mercedes SL?

additional images via design folio nz

12 comments:

  1. OMG, I love this. LOVE this. Sleek, clean, perfect and a view. Perfection isn't it?

    xx's

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    1. indeed it is. and so hard to get it looking as simple as this, too.

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  2. i LOVE your remark about the mercedes.
    sooooo tru!

    what an unbelievable home.
    STUNNING!!!

    xoxo

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  3. The dining room, at first glance, looks so severe but the reflection in the lighting globes gives movement and intrigue and such a spark. I really like this house and my 14 year old son thinks its the best he's ever seen (and not just for the SL!)

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    1. good gracious - that's about the highest compliment a house can get. because if it is appealing to a 14 year old, it's extremely powerful architecture.

      you have restored my faith in humankind!

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  4. Really just drop dead gorgeous. Fabulous lighting too. The bathtub with the marble wall....just a perfect marriage.

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  5. I couldn't resist the title of this post,,,some of my favorite elements! (oh that bathtub!!) Many people don't realize or appreciate how difficult it is to execute modern design, the end result is minimal and clean looking but its oh soo painstakingly tedious from a planning perspective and installation to coordinate the details so all these 'clean lines' are aligned and balanced so perfectly. Every single line relates to something else, nothing is ever unintentional, or looks jarring or out of place. Such an exquisite home, thanks so much for the tour! ~ C

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    1. yes, the most heartbreaking thing is knowing that the best design, which looks so effortless and simple, actually took the longest time to think about. anybody can chuck some trendy elements around to disguise a less-than-brilliant building - but much more difficult to get this "simple" stuff looking so complete and calm.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this Virginia ... stunning!!
    I'm in love with all the incredible textures used throughout.
    And those lights ....
    xx

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  7. WOULD ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE LIGHT FITTINGS ARE FROM

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