This project combined three apartments into one residence of around 350 m2. The existing structure is based partly on an old Arab house from the 19th century to which a poorly-planned and executed extension was added over the past 20 years.
Because of the quality of the existing space which had accumulated ad-hoc through the years, it was decided from the outset to free the interior envelop and make the old space as readable as possible. To this end we designed the space according to the following principles:
- Preservation of broken arches, which were repaired
- Concealment of all electro-mechanical systems inside the stone walls, even through this made the construction process very slow and difficult
- Emphasis on low-arched rooms to keep the space as readable as possible.
- Selection of furniture to contrast with the old existing structure, either built to fit inside the heavy walls or totally movable for maximum flexibility
- Transparent and fluid spaces through the use of glass and as few doors as possible, which allows for a continuous reading from one space to the next.