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.
Chi Fan Wong