Project DescriptionFROM THE AIA DC:
After more than 30 years of traveling and living away from Puerto Rico, Carmen decided she wanted her DC row house to be reminiscent of her island home. The design highlights three key elements: COLOR: Colors used are traditional to Puerto Rico, and the composition acts as a 3-D collage within the house. The east wall is lined with storage elements painted orange and yellow. Other elements are neutral black to contrast the rich colors. The west wall is lined with artwork from Carmen’s collection island artists. LIGHT: Interior walls were removed and large windows installed on the rear facade. Casement windows replaced all the original double hung windows, and light colors highlight surrounding ceilings and walls. MATERIALITY: The living space flooring is white porcelain tile, while the second floor is a dark bamboo. The wood “mampara” screen at the stairs is a white-washed poplar, and is framed with blackened steel. The poplar reappears on the second level and at the rear “bridge,” terminating at the juliette balcony.