The Euclid Residence renovation was designed to modernize the early 20th-century property while keeping elements that allude to its history, and also provide ample space for entertaining guests. Canadian firm Ancerl Studio has teamed stark white-painted brickwork walls, weathered wooden beams and black steel windows.
The client’s brief was to create a bright and fresh contemporary environment: it had to be modern yet warm and inviting featuring storytelling design detail. The firm restored the brickwork facade of the house to keep it in line with the aesthetic of its surroundings. The main intervention was to open up the floor plan by stripping out a number of partition walls inside the four-storey property. Existing brickwork walls that were preserved were painted white, giving a modern and fresh touch to the past.
Other rendered walls are painted white, and the floors are covered by wide white oak planks to create a neutral backdrop. This is then accented by weathered wooden beams that were also preserved during the renovation and black steel elements – including industrial-style window frames and ornamental fireplaces.
The kitchen and dining room are located in a double-height space in the middle of the ground floor. This main level is completely open-plan and has a living room at the front and a family room at the rear, which has glass doors that open onto a deck and back garden. Ancerl Studio chose hues of “off-whites and beiges” for most of the accents and furnishings. Details include the white stone kitchen countertop and the tones of the sofas and seats in the lounge spaces.
The first floor of the property is arranged to wrap in a U-shape to wrap around the kitchen and dining floor below. It is dedicated to the master bedroom suite, including a bathroom with concrete vanities, a white bathtub, a walk-in rain shower and a balcony.