The house was
designed within the volume of the old one that was built in 1934, with later
addition of porch. When constructed, the house stood alone on the lot that was back
then a garden with grass and flowers. During the next 70 years, the overall
density of the neighborhood dramatically increased, filling the garden first
with other houses, and then - during the wartime / urban / social / cultural
devastation of the nineties – with 5storie (il)legal buildings.
Every square feet was
occupied, buildings grew one with and into another, with mutual consent or
without it. They are now all oriented towards the small inner yard, a puny
leftover of once beautiful garden.
house meant that one could count in terms of view and light only on one side of
the lot, the one facing the shared yard, which wasn’t very private or nice to
Hence, the spatial
organization of the house was broken into half level descending volumes. Deep
and dramatic voids inside of it were made in order to capture the sun light and
to save the inhabitants from the unwanted views from the outside.
The windows were put in
places that were out of reach of passing neighbors. Living room was sunk and
lighted with the window facing small fenced private garden. Mid void gets light
from the roof, kitchen – which is not too private – through narrow band of
windows above the sink. Bedroom faces small skylight that replaced the old