My new found love of contemporary architecture


We live in a Victorian house and I love the period features we have including original ceiling roses, most of the original stained glass in the door (we restored some of it) and the beautiful floorboards (I'll do a  post on our house another day). When we first moved in, we decorated it in quite a traditional style, and installed new timber sash windows and original fireplaces however over the years (we've lived here for over 12) I've found myself moving more towards contemporary design and a more eclectic style. The key elements of the house are great and allow us to update the decor, colours (I change the paint colour of the window frames fairly regularly) furnishings and even the colour of the original floor boards. As a designer, there is always something I want to change - it's an ever evolving home, when budget allows!

I love our house, and we have no intention of moving any time soon, however I find myself being more and more drawn to contemporary architecture and design. Given the opportunity, I would jump at the chance of a contemporary new build. All of the architecture inspiration I save in my Instagram library is contemporary design. Is it a case of the grass is greener or you want what you can't have? I don't think so, it's just a new found appreciation for really good, contemporary architecture. 

One project that really 'floats my boat' is the Dutch Floating Home by Amsterdam-based architects and designers, Piet Boon. It epitomises clean and minimal design but most importantly creates a liveable, and welcoming home. I would move in tomorrow. 

They say: 'Moored in a beautiful and tranquil spot in a typically Dutch landscape, the houseboat is surrounded by open water on three sides with uninterrupted views to the horizon. The client wanted a minimalist look with a simple ambiance and character, in keeping with the landscape. With that in mind, we opted for a striking box-shape, finished in black-stained red cedar. Despite strict building regulations dictating its height, we were able to realize two storeys: the bedrooms and basement lie below the waterline.

When the shutters are closed, the exterior of the houseboat functions like a shell-like enclosure. When drawn back and the patio doors opened, a big ‘open living’ feel is created. Finally, the high floor-to-ceiling glass windows – which can be fully opened – create a powerful sense of connection with the natural surroundings.'

Images copyright Piet Boon