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Feix & Merlin | Bristol

5th Sep 2019

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Set in the leafy suburb of Clifton Village in Bristol lies Feix & Merlin Architects newest project – a complete refurbishment of an apartment set within a Grade II Listed Georgian townhouse. A collaborative approach between the client and architect in re-instating the internal structure and elements of the building, the new layout better reflects a more social approach to modern living whilst simultaneously bringing a design back which more closely resembles that of the original building.

Beautifully marrying traditional and contemporary features, the architects have installed contemporary interventions such as a minimal kitchen design that includes an open brass shelving unit – creating the ideal contrast to more heritage elements in the home such as ceiling cornicing that has been carefully restored.

Completely transforming the internal layout in order to create a more generous living space that is suitable for modern day living, the ideal balance has been achieved to create an incredibly elegant apartment. Having reinstated the reception to the grand front room of the building, the result is a generous and stunning open-plan living / kitchen zone.

Restoring all of the windows to their original design and reinstating the existing fireplaces that were blocked up brought back the elegance and opulence of the original property. Moving the master bedroom suite to the rear of the home offered charming views across the larger rear garden.

Our favourite feature of this home has to be the doors and storage hatches, which are ‘hidden’ in the panel layout – paying homage to a traditional wall panelling technique and thereby further playing on the contrast between contemporary and classical features of this period apartment.

An architecture firm that works across architecture, interiors and product design fields, co-founders Julia Feix and Tarek Merlin ‘design buildings from the inside out, rather than from the outside in, because there the bits of the building that you use every day. We are interested in people’s lives and experiences and how, together, we can make them better.’ Founded in 2006, the latest project of this spectacular apartment in Bristol has been beautifully completed, and we can’t help but applaud the final result.