Ingersoll Road House

Minimalism can be the perfect balancing device to co-exist alongside traditional elements and still permeate a good dose of geometry and visual lightness, especially when favourites like Corten steel and exposed bricks fashion the outer shell. The bespoke interior is the coup-de-coeur by UK-based McLaren.Excell architects though; this project is a reminder of the importance of poise and efficiency.

The mission was to work within a tight budget and come out the other side with a dynamic set of levels; rich textured walls and finishing details on all rooms; and of course, functional minimalism to boot. The kitchen stands proudly as one of the most interesting sections, a true amalgamation of all the elements present throughout the house. Kudos to the slight industrial influence on the raw concrete, plumbing and lighting design.

There is value on traditional façades, especially for some neighbourhoods that value uniformity from their inhabitants above all else. McLaren.Excell has given an elegant lesson on how to infuse a great dose of modernity without conflict or intrusion to its surroundings. Diplomatic architecture.