Beauregard House – Gut Remodel of Home in Historic District / Low Design Office

Beauregard House, Low Design Office

Architects: Low Design Office
Project: Beauregard House
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Year 2017

The Beauregard House is a transitional building, designed around ideas of salvage / revitalize / reinterpret. The transitional nature of the design allows it to serve its multiple functions of home, office, and vacation rental.

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The house embraces the peace and quiet beauty of a house built in 1900—a grand structure surrounded by a lush neighborhood—even as it becomes a 21st century space in an ever more active neighborhood.

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In plan, each primary zone of the house has its own character (contemporary/raw vs. rustic/comfortable). These zones have strong material definitions that offer a sense of stasis and focus. Simultaneously, the zones read as part of a connected whole because arrival and movement are always through clearly transitional spaces that play with opacity and transparency of reading one type of space against another.

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In section, the building celebrates the ritual of ascension, moving upward from the most solid materially “heavy” spaces to discover newer “lighter” spaces. Elements of the ground floor are built-in solids or inset/framed infill, whereas elements of the upper floors float as planar surfaces, exposing systems. Therefore the relationship of old to new can be understood.

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