In a quaint colonial building on a wooded street in New Rochelle, New York, just an hour outside of NYC is the location of interior designer Danielle Colding’s new eclectic project. The client wanted the house completely redone to feature her eclectic art collection, which also served as inspiration for much of the redesign. With an already existing cool mix of vintage and modern furniture, Danielle created a fresh color palette to show them to their advantage. Over the course of the project, new pieces were added and some of the older pieces rejuvenated. Fabrics were chosen, and the home redo was underway.
With this project in New York, the designer took a “more is more” approach, employing a lot of layering, which is often her signature. The client really allowed the designer do her work unfettered, which allowed the project to move quickly and painlessly. Danielle and the client focused on the main rooms first, then redesigned the rest of the house. Finally, an indoor/outdoor sunroom was completed. The outcome is a dynamic home exhibiting tremendous warmth and comfort. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Danielle Colding Design]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests