In deference to neighbors, and heritage, when the time came to rebuild their home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the residents decided to keep parts of the original house intact, like the arch.
Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona found new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. When Tagliabue and her husband, the late architect Enric Miralles, began knocking down walls inside what was to become their home they discovered an original arch suspected to be a remnant of the city’s Roman past. Immediately halting the crew, Tagliabue and Miralles decided instead to celebrate the aesthetic juxtaposition by leaving it all in situ.
A Belgian couple took a gentle approach to transforming a tired 1930s brick house into a vibrant workshop. The couple retained the strongest architectural aspects of the house, such as the existing arch in the hall, and did away with others, such as a previous kitchen renovation.
The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carved a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their own greatest hits. The couple realized that they could put their own imprint on the house but still retain its raw spirit, keeping the ancient stone floors, walls, and arches intact.
Matthew Preston Kimmel has quite a knack for architecture and design. At the mere age of fifteen, Kimmel decided to redesign and transform the third floor of his family’s Chicago home. A deep proportional arch opens to the elevated bedroom which features bi-directional beamed ceilings, knee walls, and sloped ceilings.