Mexican studio Productora renovated a 1920’s bungalow in California maintaining as much as possible of its original character, and using colour to identify spaces and additions.
The project carried out by Productora consists of a complete remodel and extension of a 1920’s bungalow on a sloped plot in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, California. Although the existing building was an anonymous and generic tract home, the architects decided to maintain as much as possible of its original character for its interesting relationship to the site’s context and history.
The existing crawl space underneath the front of the house was further excavated to augment the total square footage of the property. Towards the back a steel moment frame was added in order to create a transitional space that mediates between the house and the garden and protects the rear facade from the afternoon sun. In its interior, the new central staircase with a distinct saw-tooth profile, connects the two levels.
The new grid-like structure, painted in blue, and the existing bungalow, with siding and window framing rendered in a brown-pinkish taint, establish a strong contrast. They juxtapose two different moments in time: each one with its own constructive logic, material and color code. Four of the six cubic squares of this addition are covered terraces, while two are interior spaces incorporated into the kitchen area (at a lower level) and the master bedroom (upper level).
Fleischman residence, Echo Park, Los Angeles, USA
Program: house renovation
Team: Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, Abel Perles
Collaborators: Juan Luis Rivera, Peter Boldt, Formation Association Architecture, Inc. – John Chan
Structural engineering: IDG Structural Engineering – Farshid Behshid
Landscape design: Terremoto – David Godshall
Greywater system: Greywater Corps – Leigh Jerrard
General contractor: Zorzoli Construction – Alex Zorzoli
Area: 220 sqm