RBW Core House is a project undertaken by Nonya Grenader and students in Rice University's Building Workshop program, where Grenader is a professor. The goal of the project was to update and maximize space in a 500 square-foot shotgun-style rowhouse by inserting a new "core" — bath, kitchen and mechanical components.
Of course our ears perk up with any endeavor to make 500 square feet more livable. This concept is a (relatively) economical one, sacrificing privacy in exchange for openness. However, we like the look of this a bit better than the usual great-room renovations. Another aspect that makes this project appealing is the retention of original surfaces and textures.