Client: Private Client
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Size: 850 sq ft
Project Features: Residential Loft
Photo Credit: John Nanian Photography
Project Details (PDF)
The renovation of the 850 sq ft loft in Providence was a speculative project with the hopes of taking advantage of a void in the city’s seemingly saturated residential marketplace. With the city experiencing a surge of residential construction, a strategy to provide an identity was implemented in order to separate the property from other listings. This resonance in developing an idiosyncratic, though still open project was treated as a point of departure; contradictory natures are regarded as being respective of a frame of reference.
The reorganization of the space considered the values associated with quantitative measures. Being marketed to accommodate a single person, the weighted allotment of public and private square footage was manipulated, transfiguring the space into a number of dilated thresholds between scales. It is these extensive joints that became the crux of the project. Under this rubric of using scale shifts to negotiate between the public and private, walls become inhabitable, a room becomes an object, and furniture gets scaled up to define circulation based upon one’s frame of reference. They imply a formal sequencing and hierarchy while maintaining the ability to be approached as singular objects. With the transition from a meuble to immeuble, there is an associated duration of occupancy. The size and implicit duration allow the house to approximate a type of retail space. This resonance between public and private, revealing and concealing, became manifest programmatically through the relationship between living and storage space.
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