Conceptually clean yet utterly extreme, this strange-looking solution is theoretically unremarkable – a pop-up addition raising the roof and adding level to an existing home. Yet the contrast of old and new couldn’t be more vivid.
Zawelski Architecture Group came up with this solution in part to retain the character of the existing brick structure, but also to establish an exterior zone that would still be relatively private in the face of multiple busy adjacent streets.
The hidden terrace tucked inside the top story maintains the building envelope but creates a hybrid space neither inside nor outside, and establishes the top of what the architects have dubbed the ‘Urban Sandwich’ formed by three distinctly different facade materials. In the middle zone are the most private spaces – bedrooms, bathrooms and studies – set behind limited fenestration.
From the designers: “For us – the value of new architecture when rebuilding a small house comes from its origins – the building tradition. Although the conditions and usage requirements change, what is valuable and still possible to save, finds the proper place in the present. The new – on one hand manifests the diversity but on the other hand complements some deficiencies – the lack of greenery, intimacy, individuality. We hope the union of all these elements allowed us to create something more than just a building – a new quality in terms of culture, space, ecology, life. We tried to invent and define architecture of a local house again, from the outset.”