#9 Kelly & Gregory’s - Lil’ Italy Conversion

#9 Kelly & Gregory’s - Lil’ Italy Conversion

Apr 20, 2007

Name: Kelly & Gregory
Location: Downtown San Diego , CA
Size & Type: 649 sq. ft. 1-bdrm

Favorite resource:

Graniti Fiandre: Italian porcelain floor and wall tiles are 100% natural and my favorite! An economical solution for a stone floor that is extremely resilient and stronger than granite. It's thin which allow for greater flexibility when installing in tight spaces.

The pitch:

The San Diego housing market didn't offer many affordable options, when Kelly and I purchased a small and inefficient condo-conversion unit. As a case study for OPERA, my architecture firm, we wanted to make the space feel as large as possible and set out to make strategic improvements.

We transformed the space through 5 design interventions: the Floating Bar, the Multipurpose Wall, the Luminous Wardrobe, the Office Niche and the Tweaked Floor. Each serves to maximize and enhance our space through strategic lighting, subtle color changes, and careful proportioning to amplify the perceived spaciousness. Now, our neighbors often comment how the condo feels as if we added on!

Your favorite element:

The Multipurpose Wall is a deceptively simple storage device and room divider. It diverts the flow of circulation from the private spaces with a hidden door, acts as a storage unit for both the bedroom and living spaces, and brings scale, light, and warmth into the home. The bedroom door was relocated to give us a more functional living space by eliminating cross traffic. The storage within the wall interlocks, strategically borrowing space from one side to serve the other. The entertainment center element neatly conceals lighting above and messy audio-video components below with a speaker cloth access door that allows both sound and infrared to pass through. The opposite side echoes the projection and serves as a headboard for the sleeping area with storage above for linens and books.

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