Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Today I share a very cool piece of architecture with really wonderful interiors. Designed by Aaron Hojman, Casa Zinc, located in Uruguay is a guest house clad with corrugated zinc, which the designer salvaged from abandoned barns throughout Uruguay. Every piece of this house has been salvaged from elsewhere, giving the interior of this otherwise brand new home the historic feel of one that has been there for a long time. There are pieces throughout the house from hotels, pharmacies, railway stations, warehouses, which have been given new life by their incorporation into Casa Zinc. While this project is not on a whole a preservation project, the preservation and rescue of all these architectural elements certainly warrants the appreciation of preservationists! If not for Hojman and his quest to salvage all these parts and build Casa Zinc, many of these decorative architectural elements would have been lost. Photos via Marie Claire Maison
Good Morning Lacquered Lifers. Do you have that street, or that house, that you walk by with regularity and dream that one day it could be yours? Such was the case for Brooklyn Heights residents Elspeth Benoit and David Bevan, who would walk their dogs past Warren Place in Cobble Hill and dream about a life there. When one of the eleven foot wide townhouses came on the market, the pair didn’t hesitate, and embarked on a space-maximizing renovation project on the 1000 square foot gem. Of the forty-four townhouses, twenty-four of them face the courtyard garden (seen here). Built in 1878, these townhouses were commissioned by American housing reformer and philanthropist Alfred Tredway White as workforce housing, after a visit to London wherein he determined that conditions for the workingman in New York were terrible. His goal in building Warren Place was to give workingmen, “the chance to live decently and to bring up their children to be decent men & women.” Today what remains is idyllic setting in one of New York’s most sought after neighborhoods. Live Decently? I would say so. Benoit sourced many of the materials, like this tub, from some of my favorite destinations – Demolition Depot & Olde Good Things. The couple raised the fireplace off the floor so that you could see the fire from the table, also making it useful for open fire cooking.
You can see here in the kitchen where the couple maximized the space everywhere that they could, exposing beams and then dropping the ceiling in select locations to conceal ductwork, electrical etc. A project like this is a game of inches, a fact that this couple, who lived in a 325 square foot apartment prior to moving to Warren Place, were very aware of. Once just a powder room, it became a second bath when they waterproofed the entire room and added a rain shower head to the ceiling. This is something that Mr. B and I have always wanted to do in a home of our own.
For more photos, and the article, visit NYTimes.com