Duplexes are wonderful living solutions for urban environments, and this has been acknowledged as of late, the world over, from Manhattan to South Africa, Stockholm to Tokyo. Modern house design trends are especially visible in duplexes that have been remodeled from older dwellings – a two-story apartment in a historic building can receive a new lease on life, thanks to a few well-added design touches here and there.
If you dream of the most elegant accommodation your city can offer, why limit yourself to a single story condo? Be inspired by previous designs, buy two apartments located one on top of the other and create your perfect duplex. There are plenty of successful such homes out there to inspire you.
As a rule, Swedish capital Stockholm is a great source for inspiring designs in general and posh duplexes in particular. In the Stockholm suburb of Ostermalm, for instance, a 125 square meter duplex renting at a little over EUR3,000 per month perfectly illustrates modern house design principles. It makes heavy use of various tones of white, to create the impression of space. There is a wonderfully vintage fireplace in the day area, and the lofted upper level features apparent wooden beams that make the rooms feel vertically endless. However, the home does have a striking personality, achieved by employing lots of colorful décor details, from rugs to vases to art.
Also in the Swedish capital, and also capitalizing on the use of white to achieve a spacious feel for an otherwise averagely sized home, this modern house design in Normalm is impressive for its spiraling floating staircase, sleek furnishing and cozy feel. It was remodeled from an older home, as it stands in a 19th century building at the heart of the city’s historic district. The current owners chose to preserve the vintage feel, while also enriching it with plenty of contemporary technologies and designs, so as to ensure the tenants all the comfort of an up-to-date lifestyle.
Duplexes provide the awesome advantage of being mindful to the widespread phenomenon of overcrowding. By not occupying too much space horizontally, but expanding skywards, they enable the intelligent use of living space. To boot, they often provide their inhabitants with a great view of the city skyline and chic little balconies and terrace, where one can enjoy one’s morning coffee, safely above the bustle of the waking city. Modern homes come in all shapes and sizes and can be found around the globe, from posh Los Angeles suburbs to exotic Sao Paulo to bustling Manhattan. ModernOctopus.com brings you the latest in architecture, interior design and innovative furniture, endless sources of inspiration for your very own modern house design.