An elegant juxtaposition of the classical and the contemporary

The internal spaces and circulation elements of this eighteenth-century townhouse were completely reorganised to suit a contemporary lifestyle, turning a classical-era dwelling into a comfortable modern home. One of the façades giving onto the inner courtyard was opened up by adding sliding windows, which flood the room with light and give access to the attractive raised terrace built in the courtyard. Original period features, such as fireplaces, decorative mouldings and wainscoting, were lovingly restored. A dressing room and three new bathrooms were added. The stone tiles in the bathrooms and the bespoke furniture were chosen to complement the townhouse’s classical character. Bold accents enliven the soft colour scheme connecting the various rooms. A sofa, a painting in a simple frame and a few flea-market treasures combine to create an inviting contemporary atmosphere that contributes to the home’s hybrid personality. The modern breeze blowing through this old building only enhances its period charm.