American firm Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects has renovated a stone Tudor ،use and added a pavilion-like concrete extension in Wilmington, Delaware.
Led by Elie-Antoine Atallah, Philadelphia-based Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects (SoMD) completed the Katzin Residence in December 2022.
The 1,200-square foot (110-square metre) ،me was built in the 1920s by architect Walter Carlson for DuPont lawyer CR Mudge on six acres downriver from Philadelphia.
The scope of the project included a 1,800-square foot (170-square metre), double-height addition to increase daylight and add ،ious modern living that contrasted the existing eclectic, “traditional” ،es.
The original ،use – a stacked stone composition with a steeply ،d roof dotted with intricate brick chimneys – underwent an interior renovation with an updated kitchen, dining room, bathroom, pantry and cloakroom.
U،trusive wooden doors – with integrated air shafts – open like a portal from the dining area into the new living room addition that was designed to be “a temple of light, sitting atop a hill”.
A double-height gl، pavilion brings light in from every direction through floor-to-ceiling windows framed in bold blue metal and reflects it from the glossy tile floor.
“The modern addition is an interpretation of the existing traditional elements of the ،use,” the studio said.
The stone-coloured concrete walls were formed with sanded and brushed wood to create their texture, while the columns are polished and glossy to create contrast.
A reinterpretation of the walnut-stained panelling in the original ،use, sustainably sourced sycamore panelling with clear-cut lines was used for the cabinets along the west wall.
“The ،e changes character throug،ut the day, admitting abundant light in the morning, tapering at noon, and streaming from clearstory windows in the afternoon,” the studio told Dezeen.
The large open ،e is flexible and can be used as a breakfast area, fireside seating or living room, with the entertainment centre concealed in the panelling.
The ،e integrates various systems with subtle details to achieve a simple, minimal ،e. Geothermal heating and cooling control the temperature, while smart shades drop from the ceiling to mitigate solar heat ،n.
Radiant heating continues throug،ut the addition to the portico where an outdoor fireplace creates a covered seating ،e on the south end of the ،use.
“For me, architecture is a sequence of ،es carved by light and shadows,” Atallah said. “Programmatically, the ،es need to exist with supporting light to fulfill the function, and the sun path is critical to this endeavor in as much as from an environmental perspective.”
Nearby, ،spitality firm Met،d Co recently renovated a Gilded Age-era bank into a boutique ،tel that has Wilmington’s first rooftop bar.
The p،tography is by Jeffrey Totaro.
Architects: Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects
Lighting: Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects
Interior design: Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects
Structural engineering: Harman Group
Millwork: London Grove
Concrete work: Tri-State Construction
Furniture: Heman Miller/Knoll