Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as the old adage goes, and the saying couldn't ring more true for architect, Greg Blee. Where others see a building ready for the wrecking ball, Blee looks beyond a rundown façade and finds the beauty hidden within. And the more complex the project, the better.
When Blee’s parents bought a rustic cabin originally built in 1822 in the French countryside, the third-generation architect spent 30 years turning the home into an eco-friendly cottage, creating a modern wonder offsite in his London studio, then transporting his materials, piece-by-piece, to France via the Chunnel in a Renault van.
On another occasion, when tasked with the overhaul of a couple's dated South Wales starter home for the British television series, Ugly House To Lovely House, he transformed the property into a 21st-century showplace, filled with natural light that streamed inside through floor-to-ceiling windows.