This nineteenth century brick building had been a bus garage, and had had many owners and many uses over the years. The process of renovation started with the stripping down of all the added layers, to get back to the original structure of brick walls and wood joist floors. From that point on, the building responded beautifully to the owner’s intentions: a private residence on the top floor, and a puppet theater/ workshop in the ground floor. Opening the spaces up so that they now flow into each other and –especially–opening the rear side of the building to the beautiful view of the creek behind it, gave the living space privacy and made it feel separate from the clearly public front that the theater maintained.

Alessandra Dini
Chi Fan Wong