The interior designer who came up with this stunning, if slightly off-putting, look at how people look on their homes, has also been awarded the 2015 American Architectural Press Award for Best Interior Design.
“I think it’s a great design, and I think it will really be used for a lot of different people,” said Daniele Domenicali, a resident of a downtown Denver apartment.
The design, created by Domenici and his wife, Sara, is based on an architectural principle known as the “staging principle.”
Domenicoi says the principle is that a piece should be a starting point for an entire architectural concept before it is designed and constructed, so the final product has a lot to do with what the designer originally intended it to look like.
“If you’re going to build an entire structure, then you’re not going to start from scratch, and you’re probably going to get a lot out of it,” he said.
Domenicci says the inspiration for his work is the interior design of a Victorian mansion in a suburban area of the Bronx, New York.
“I had this feeling that it would be so beautiful and it would look so great,” he explained.
The home was built in 1928 and was purchased by the Domenici family, who were interested in preserving it and using it for their own personal use.
“There was a lot that could have been done with the house,” Domeniciani said.
“You could have added a porch and an elevator, a bedroom and a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining room, a library and a library.
But instead, we kept it all as a little bit of a souvenir, so that when the family moved in in the mid-’70s, they could still have that house as a home.”
The inspiration for the exterior design was an 18th century house in the British village of Oldham, England.
“It was an area that was quite rural, so we wanted to use it as a sort of inspiration,” he told ABC News.
Dome of the houseDomenicoitici says he wanted to create something that would have an air of permanence.
“As an architect, you want to create timeless objects,” he recalled.
“But it’s very difficult when you are designing something that is going to be used in five, 10 years.”
He said the original intention was for the house to last for generations, and he wanted the exterior to stand as a symbol of that longevity.
The interior of the home is composed of wood, stone and slate.
“The interior was built around this wood, the flooring is made from slate and the wood was treated with an iron polish, and then the roof was covered in some sort of material, and there’s a lot on the roof that’s stone and that’s used for insulation,” Domanici said.
“So the floor is a slab of stone, it has a very good thermal conductivity, and it’s also a very strong, sturdy material.”
The interior also features two doors, one to the right of the living area and one to either side.
The windows are made from reclaimed glass and the roof is covered in white, which creates an interesting contrast to the dull, dark exterior.
The ceiling is covered with a reflective material, which allows the house’s interior to shine through.
Domes work has been featured on ABC’s Nightline and other television and radio programs.
The home was featured in the 2011 film “The Room,” directed by Tom Cruise, and was recently featured in “The Good Place,” starring Justin Timberlake and Mindy Kaling.
The Domeniccis are part of a growing number of designers who are making use of the “Stage of Preservation” concept, where they are using materials like reclaimed glass to create their designs.
“What we are doing here is not just doing a renovation, but a Stage of Preservation,” Doms work said.
It is important to remember that this is a piece of architecture and not an actual house, he added.
“This is a building that is really in a state of disrepair, so it’s not really a beautiful house, but it’s still a beautiful building.”
He said that, for him, the biggest challenge was to make a piece that would still look attractive 20 years down the road.
“My goal is to make it so beautiful that 20 years from now, I’ll still be able to appreciate it.”
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