Semi Detached House

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Semi-detached homes are typically designed with a fairly simple logic; from the exterior it should read as a singular home, with the interior divided into two units mirrored by a party wall running through the middle of the home. But what happens when one attempts to combine these two separate units into a seamless interior space? This was the challenge Delvendahl Martin Architects faced when their client asked them to convert two semi-detached houses into a single family home in central Oxford. Instead of keeping with the interior’s original grain (which runs perpendicular to the street façade), the team centered the renovation on a new staircase built perpendicular to the party wall (i.e. parallel to the street façade). Through this single move, they were able to rethink the entire spatial layout of the home, as if causing the rooms to tessellate on the axis of the new circulation. This opened up the freedom to reprogram the extraneous spaces (e.g. having double the necessary kitchens and bathrooms) to fit the needs of the new occupants. To solidify the authority of the new grain of the building, the staircase was clad in a deep stained timber, distinguishing it from the brickwork and lightly finished wood of the rest of the interior. The entrance to the home was also reworked to the back garden thanks to the inclusion of a second stair, constructed of recovered bricks. The façade was then completely reworked using an array of anodized aluminum blades that provide passive sun load relief and more privacy from their neighbors. The remodel required all new fitted furniture, light fixtures, door handles, etc. all of which were designed specifically for this site. Overall, this work accomplishes the home’s original goal of reading from the outside as a singular house, but now can also serve the function it spent so many years imitating.

Nathaniel Barlam

Nathaniel

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

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