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This Renovated Townhouse’s Decor Is the Epitome of Modern Design

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If your preferred interior decoration style is “old meets new” and you simply can’t resist a modern makeover in an old setting then keep on reading.

GRT Architects are a team of experts “who studied history before design and find truth more interesting than fiction”.

Their team was called upon working on this project which concluded to blending the idea of old meets new at a renovated Brooklyn townhouse.

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The townhouse in question was designed in 1898 using an eclectic mix of Romanesque and Neo Renaissance motifs.

GRT Architects

GRT Architects

GRT was hired to reconsider not only the aesthetics but also the organisation of this building.

The way in which the team decided to go about re-designing of this house was by creating framed views through the building on every level, meaning that they paid special attention to the way in which portals were marked.

For instance, views from the preserved living room to the redesigned kitchen and dining room are framed with a newly enlarged opening trimmed on all sides in brass which has no laquer on it.

GRT Architects

GRT Architects

The wide plate brass threshold on the floor echoes the thick decorative borders on the parquet floors which were left untouched.

A transitional space between the old and the new is the dining room – as they simplified the material palate in this space, painting all decorative woodwork matte white to emphasize its geometry over its materiality.

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The triangular brass pulls in the kitchen were actually hand-made, as with each project the experts seek to produce something in this way.

Overall throughout the house there is a cohesive application of similar colour tones which enables the exploration of materiality as it enabled the conservation of older pieces in the house such as of the damaged fireplace and the cement tile in the master bathroom as well as the unique enameled bathtub in it.

GRT Architects

The combination and contrast of old and new in this project led to a result that celebrates both and satisfies demands of their modern clients.

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