With this renovation, a bit of island style made its way to the urban core. The owner of this nearly century-old DC rowhome grew up in Puerto Rico, and a home that reminded her of those early years was a must. The project architects focused on three key elements—color, light, and materiality—to create a fresh design that breathes new life into the 2,400-square foot space.

By removing most of the interior walls, Kube Architecture transformed the previously segmented floor plan into an open living area.  The addition of large windows on both levels of the rear façade and an enlarged skylight create abundant natural light throughout the house, while an open-riser staircase and light colors enhance the airy atmosphere.

The rich oranges, yellows, and greens used in the design are traditional to Puerto Rico. Bold sculptural elements and artwork on opposing walls act as a “3-dimensional collage” within the house and pop against an otherwise neutral palette. Muted bamboo and poplar finishes appear throughout the home, used for flooring, the stairs’ mampara screen, and on pendant light fixtures. 

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