With Sheffield Residence, Of Possible unites spatial poetry, traditional and modern architecture and memories of the site. With clean and straight lines and a soft and light palette in both the interior and exterior, this became a cosy and modern home with a nod to the past and the surrounding traditional architecture.
Of Possible, the design agency of Vincent Appel, is a creative studio that designs projects in various disciplines: architecture, (industrial) design, interiors, urban planning, sculpture and public art on a large scale. Of Possible sees and approaches architecture as ‘a marriage of spatial poetry and building science’. With that philosophy the team created one of their beautiful projects: the Sheffield Residence.
The assignment for the house was to create a contemporary design with a nod to the local architecture and childhood memories.
This contemporary residence in Massachusetts was designed by Of Possible and built by Kent Hicks Construction. The design combines the timeless craftsmanship of traditional New England with advanced architectural principles and technologies. ‘This results in a contemporary expression of rural American architecture that will last for generations,’ we hear at Of Possible. The house is located on the site where the client grew up between the apple orchards, barn and stables. The brief for the house was therefore to create a contemporary design with a nod to the local architecture and childhood memories. The owners hesitated between a glass house and a slightly more traditional style. Of Possible succeeded in combining these two elements by providing many and large floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. These not only provide a lot of natural light and create an open feeling, they also serve as a framework for the beautiful views that evoke memories for the residents. To enhance this effect, a sober architecture and clean, straight lines were used in both the exterior and interior. With a lot of wood and the occasional dark contrasting element, the interior has been furnished in a fairly sober and minimalist way, so that the atmosphere and beautiful views come into their own. All pieces of furniture used were specially selected by Vincent Appel. We find beautiful pieces by Hans Wegner, Vincent Cafiero, Giulio Cappellini and Carl Hansen & Son, among others. Images by Rory Gardiner