E3 DESIGN LABORATORY INC.: 527 WEST SAN FRANCISCO STREET

Photography by David Alfaya

527 West San Francisco St.| Santa Fe | 87505
Architecture by: E3 Design Laboratory Inc.

Built 2001, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 830 square feet

An urban infill renovation on an overgrown, trashed, and irregular shaped lot transformed an adobe shack into a Modern, 830-square foot house. Built near the rock-lined Acequia (irrigation ditch) dating back to the 1800s, the Modern design survived the Historic Board hearing because of the project’s urban infill and affordable housing status, which is promoted by the city. Salvaged and recycled materials such as existing adobe walls, barn wood, and rastra blocks (made from 85-percent recycled post consumer waste) were used.

With a ceiling height that varies from high to low, tall windows and doors, and simple playful forms, the house strives to give the illusion of expanse. The designer chose European appliances as energy efficient equipment that would not devour the limited space. The building form and materials used are similar to those found in the historic district, but sometimes the adopted elements/forms take a twist.

Photography by David Alfaya

Photography by David Alfaya

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