This project involved the renovation of an existing four story
concrete building, previously occupied by a school, into a private residence
for a young family of five. Located in a residential neighborhood in Cambridge,
the property consists of several parcels of land, with the existing building
situated on an inner lot with no direct street frontage.
The design attempts to introduce new scales of occupation
and a varied spatiality. Emphasis on warmth of materials, texture in details,
and flow of movement juxtapose the regularity of the existing with the idiosyncrasies
of a more personalized space. Openings in the existing building enclosure and
floor slabs create opportunities for additional natural light and new sectional
connections between levels. The south façade, facing a large backyard, is developed
as the new “public” focus of the house. The transparency of the skin and the
extending balconies and terraces activate the south edge of the building, engaging
the landscape beyond and creating shading and a dappling of light in the interior.
Construction was completed on this project in 2001.