Sandra Vivanco, AIA, SEED
This 1950’s California bungalow was too small to accommodate the needs of a
growing family. The challenge was to add a second story and redesign the ground
floor while preserving an ongoing dialogue with the fairly homogeneous single
story surroundings. The new dwelling sponsors modern living with a central public
core flanked by auxiliary wings containing private-bed and bathrooms- and service
-kitchen, garage, storage and laundry- rooms.
A double height window bathes the living and dining with natural light, which is projected
through translucent walls and doors into the private areas. Split bathrooms
shared by bedroom/ studies in the stacked private wing replace the traditional master
suite. The outdoor sink compliments the existing sauna that, together with the
play structure, activate the garden. The exterior materials are stucco, glass, perforated
metal and wood panels. Together they project a contemporary yet warm image
and indistinguishably join old and new.