They created an eight-story, 13,500-square-foot structure without a huge budget, and it’s not a luxury project. The two-bedroom units inside are small and simple, but beautiful. They are open and airy, with views enhanced by a system of large balconies that cantilever far away from the building, supported by swooping, paraboloid-shaped, poured-in-place concrete walls, These were formed on-site in digitally fabricated fiberglass molds at the same time as the building’s concrete framing so they are completely integrated with the structure.
“We wanted to provide both moments—moments of exposure and moments of privacy,” Spina said.
The intricate triangular patterns also shape the building’s double-height lobby, creating intricate shadows and peek slots, as well as the luxurious rooftop sundeck, which is lined with dark hardwood. From the outside, a visually engaging facade emerges.
The name P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S might be difficult to type, but it makes sense, considering the firm’s obsession with shapes. And as the project shows, patterns can serve a purpose, visual, spatial, and climactic.