Second Story: Modular Modern ‘Puzzle Piece’ Home Addition


Many creative architectural projects are called on to respond to existing conditions, like an old residence in an historical style … but what do you do when the home you are starting with is already modern? In some ways, it is hard to tell a ‘second story’ with a newly-added floor if the first floor already appears to be a work of contemporary architecture.

This solution by Dialect Design is subtle, clever and respectful of a box-shaped residence already in place, adding colorful elements that are at once different from the original but also fit in snugly with Modernist themes.

Playful built-in bookcases are tied into the upstairs staircase while circular lights and mirrors dot the bathroom walls of the newly added portion. To call the approach ‘Postmodern’ would be to miss the point – sure, the style in play is probably a fit for the term, but the underlying ‘Modern’ is still there as well.

A splash or color, some new shading elements and other architectural details serve to brighten up the exterior facade, bring in additional light but slot like puzzle pieces within the (perhaps somewhat boring) house plan that predated them.

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