Monday, July 5, 2010

Small Moves

This used to be a dog and cat clinic. Designed by Berkeley architect-builder Fred Hyer, it's a good use of a really narrow site. My impression is that it's a remodel of that building, although a radical one, but I didn't look at it closely enough while it was underway to say for sure. I'm glad the designer opted to make a strong visual contrast from Cafe Gratitude to the south. I didn't notice until I looked at the photo that it riffs on the 1960s "box" apartment building behind it. A translucent scrim on the glazing that faces the street now gives it privacy, while it's open to the courtyard-like driveway. It's being used as an office by the owner, Scott Robinson of Robinson Real Estate.

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