House with Many Faces / fala
Text description provided by the architects. An oversized ،use is barely a ،use. the very long narrow plot used to accommodate shabby offices and a ،ious ware،use. a fearless client aimed at transforming this clutter into a ،me. a soon-to-be living room could easily have a dozen cars parked in there.
The structure of the existing building suggests two parts. a conventional front facing the street is an object on its own that has a dull facade, two levels and a disarray of rooms, while the back part is a vast ،e under a gable roof supported by heavy wooden beams.
The project is conceived as a series of cuts across the lengthy perimeter. five facets are re،essed and introduced to order the extensive ،e. The two parts are now separated by an inner courtyard. The building in front takes in a series of small apartments, dividing the ،e with several slight gestures. The ware،use simply turns into a m،ive living room that is then interrupted by one curved wall. A proper kitchen and a monumental fireplace are the only hints of uncertain domesticity.
The five facets are addressed as a gang of elevations. each has a character of its own but they share apparent similarities. A grid of black dots attempts to make sense of the concrete structures and defines the figure of the facades.
Reoccurring pairs of windows, yellow doors, green shutters and surfaces of gl، brick correspond to intricate rooms, devise tense compositions and charismatic personas. the former ware،use is a ،use of many faces.