Exploded view. The diagram clearly shows the reform work done on the home: the new spaces (sky blue) and new surroundings (red) can be appreciated on the original white ceiling.
A new living area was created in which the highlights include the armchairs arranged in front of one another and the natural lighting that penetrates through the draped ceiling, leaving the wooden beams exposed.
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A staircase with two sections, covered in wood and with painted structural iron rails and transparent acrylic panels, surrounds the living room, which was added following the extension.
On the second floor, the master bedroom, added as part of the reform work, has a sloping ceiling in which the only detail is the beams. This resource is repeated in various parts of the home, giving it a unique identity.
The house is in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz and was built in the 1920s. Since then, many of the local properties have been turned into small apartments due to property shortages in the area.
The home’s design makes the most of the views and at the same time maintains the owners’ privacy. To achieve this, the architects used diverse strategies, the first being to underline the relationship between the exterior and interior, putting in new windows of very different sizes and positioning them in strategic spots in the fagade; a second idea, based on Dutch design theories, consisted of creating a network of interior spaces, separated but at the same time interrelated.