productora, a mexico-city-based architecture studio, has completed a residential extension for a 1920s bungalow home in the echo park area of los angeles. the architects maintained the character and quirkiness of the existing structure with an addition that opens the existing home to embrace the natural light and provide covered, outdoor areas for the inhabitants to enjoy. 

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the metal frame addition creates private, outdoor spaces
all images by rory gardiner

 

 

at the back of the home, productora inserted a steel moment frame that is divided to create a three by two grid. four of the six boxes were designed as transitional spaces that combine elements of the home and garden, while, additionally, protecting the interior from excess amounts of strong, afternoon sunlight. the painted blue grid structure creates a strong pigment and material contrast against the existing bungalow. 

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the metal frame sits on a concrete foundation

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folded doors create an easy transition between indoor and outdoor spaces

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the staircase utilizes an iconic, saw-tooth profile

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the existing crawl space underneath the front of the house was further excavated

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the interior is covered in an array of earthy tones


four of the cubic squares in the extension are covered balconies
the other two cubic squares are incorporated in the dining and master bedroom spaces

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the addition helps to protect the interior from the afternoon sun

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the covered outdoor areas create a transitional space

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the architects maintained the original character of the house

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