The original home was a modest one story over garage, two bedroom, one bath home in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Similar to other homes in San Francisco, when built, a handful of other very similar homes were constructed adjacent to it, each slightly different than the next.
In New York, where real estate it at a premium residential design can benefit from flex space planning. In combining two small 450 square foot studio apartments, Lilian H Weinreich Architects creates a smart, flexible, efficient space that can easily adapt to numerous living, entertaining, and working scenarios.
Raw concrete, brick, timber, metal and light formed the underlying material pallet from our clients brief. Through a series of structural alterations this Victorian property was extended and opened out to form an elegant and light filled space enhanced by exposing and expressing the construction materials that are usually hidden or covered.
The materialization is answering the desire to recover and/or emphasize the original condition of the traditional style house. A piece of natural terracotta is placed on a running board as the pavement and the walls are stripped to expose the original factory work with all its defects and textures.
Old Ljubljana house was designed by architect Emil Navinsek, known for innovation space concepts of a school non-corridor plan. He designed the house next to his residence for his two unmarried elderly sisters who lived together in a small surface of only 50m2 per floor.
This charming heritage home has been transformed into a modern three bedroom, two bathroom home. North facing windows capture and disperse natural light throughout the living zones.