In order to make the villa suitable for six units, CRAFT added a second floor to part of the original sprawling structure. Geometric mirrored panels make up the façade with strategic cut outs that create terraces for the units inside. The mismatched rectangles are unified with the reflective exterior, which blends the complex’s façade with its surroundings and reflects the sky and trees to create a symbiotic illusion that changes as the sun moves throughout the day. The bronze-glass also acts as a second skin, insulating the interior from solar gain, while also allowing natural air flow behind it.
Inside, each of the apartments is capped with a bronze-glass wall that connects the living areas with the outside, but provides privacy with its bronze tint. The open and airy units feature double-height areas that bleed into rooms on the mezzanine with exposed stairways. The interiors of the complex betray the jagged façade; each unit has clean lines with open plans for flexible living. Planted with native grasses, trees and shrubbery, the grounds are an oasis of green space that is reflected in the building’s façade.