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A renovation delivers a murmur of serenity and quiet

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Recessed lighting accentuates the textures of art and architecture inside the home renovated by Atelier Kastelic Buffey, reflecting an emphasis on minimalism, pure light and clean spaces.

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Throughout the house, the architects have designed sliding doors that sit flush with the wall (and therefore disappear) when they’re open. The motif of a square repeats at many scales, from the pot lights to the skylight to the volume of the building itself. Every detail appears perfect, thanks to extraordinary craftsmanship from builders Eisner Murray and, among the tradespeople, woodworkers MCM.

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Ms. Buffey explains that their work is influenced by the artist James Turrell. ‘His use of light to create unexpected experiences of space and perceptions of depth,’ she says, 'has shaped our approach.' And anyone familiar with Mr. Turrell’s work will see the influence here. He is most famous for his 'skyspaces’ carefully proportioned rooms with ceilings that open, carefully and powerfully, to the heavens.

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One of the home’s ‘skyspaces’ is in the master bathroom, on the second floor: A tub sits surrounded by massive hunks of Calacatta marble, and right under a deep, 24-foot-tall skylight that channels ethereal sunlight.

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Can a house be 'abstract,' 'minimal,' 'simple,' and also comfortable? This is a question that the mainstream of interior design is struggling with right now, establishing a new mainstream that balances 'cold' white surfaces and elements of colour and stained wood, inevitably described as 'warm.’ ‘'I would call it humane minimalism,' says Mr. Kastelic. 'Our field of experience is undergoing a deluge of data and information overload. This home offers a reprieve and solace for the clients – a place to recharge with the power of quiet and spatial calm.'

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One crucial decision was reducing the number of materials. Light-stained, rift-cut white oak, white walls and white Corian are present everywhere. 'This allows for a more homogeneous and perhaps more abstract experience of space,’ Ms. Buffey says.

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