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Sanjay Gangal
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242 State Street in Los Altos, California by Olson Kundig Architects

 
March 29th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Located in downtown Los Altos, the highlight of this 2,500 square foot adaptive re-use project is the introduction of a new façade that enables the circa 1950’s building to morph from an enclosed structure into an environment that invites the community into the space.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: 242 State Street
  • Location: Los Altos, California. U.S.A
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte, Olson Kundig Architects.
  • Software used: Revit

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

The transformation was achieved by essentially replacing the entire front façade with a double-height, floor-to-ceiling window wall that can be raised or lowered depending upon the needs of the user. The window wall is operated by engaging a pedal—to unlock the safety mechanism— then turning a hand wheel which activates a series of gears and pulleys that opens the sixteen-foot by ten-foot, counterweighted two-thousand pound window wall. When the window wall is closed, visitors to the shop enter through a ten-foot-tall pivot door.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

In addition to the front façade, other changes to the building included raising the roof by half-of-one story to create a better proportioned interior volume, and installing skylights to bring in more natural light. The building most recently served as one of the temporary off-site locations for SF MoMA’s Project Los Altos. Beyond the introduction of the window wall, the interior was relatively untouched, leaving the space as flexible as possible for its future tenant.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Photo by Bruce Damonte, Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

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