In Little Italy, San Diego there is a shortage of apartments at a price point working class people can afford. This is driving people farther away from the city and creating a further reliance on the automobile. One of the main impetus for this increase in costs is parking. Parking takes up a tremendous amount of space, drives up construction costs, and delays construction.
Lou Estela arises from the necessity to save and recover an old disused little building collocated in Moiola: a village at the foot of the mountains in Piedmont. The existent was an old simple typical stone shed. Customers wanted a simple and direct solution for residential use with the bare minimum for daily comfort: a bedroom, a toilet, and a living room.
The new bar on Krymská Street has a raw, scenic atmosphere and a versatile space for small cultural events. The bar is part of the lower floor of an apartment building wedged between Francouzská and Krymská streets. We decided to treat the retail facade to Krymská Street in a minimalistic modern style. We replaced the door of the former car workshop with new glazing with an entrance door and replaced the old three-part window with frameless glazing that emphasises a stronger connection to the street.
The project was born from the will of the town hall to rehabilitate the façade of an existing ruin. The structure had a sunken roof, and only a brick wall remained in a decent condition. The intervention consisted in rehabilitating this wall and extending it with a new one, increasing the size of the space to adapt it for its new function: a multifunctional space and wedding hall for the Justice Courts in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.
The new library is located in an area of 5.400 m2, occupying only 300 m2, while leaving the remaining surface to a public park. The final result is a building surrounded by green, where to spend a pleasant time.
Collective house projected to receive two families + guests, where they could live together independently. “Together, but not scrambled” says the colloquial sentence that represents this commission.
We started to call the house like this since in one of the first inspections we heard crickets chirping among themselves as if they were doing a little concert and since then it has been “House of crickets” for us. The house was built on a plot a few kilometers from the center of Cuneo, partly flat and partly on a sunny slope in the middle of a forest, with a great view, the ideal place for a young couple with two children.
This house was planned to make use of the expansion of space created by the combination of a saw-tooth roof and sloped ceilings. The owner’s request was a wooden one-story house that could cherish family ties. The planning is based on a 3×3 nine grid, with the family’s common space designed as a one-room in the center, and the private rooms dispersed around, aiming to achieve both a sense of family unity and individual independence.
Many possibilities have been raised and discussed, to enable the establishment of the architectural environment for the GARTEN house. A few discussions with the owners were also necessary to fully understand the premises, and their development into a concise architectural environment that could accurately strike a balance between form, function, and space.