With_Architecture Studio were engaged to oversee the refurbishment and general upgrade of the Marsala House, completed in 1976 and one of the architectural icons from the remarkable oeuvre of Ivan Iwanoff. In addition to arresting and repairing the damaged caused by a long period of neglect, our scope also included the addition of outdoor entertainment areas and some reconfiguring of internal spaces to render them more suited to contemporary life.
Following the preparation of a conservation management plan the project progressed in two stages. The initial efforts concentrated on rectification work to halt degradation and return the house to sound condition so that we could confidently proceed with new work and upgrade interior finishes.
Following the repair and restoration of the base fabric some stripping and remodeling was undertaken. A somewhat awkward conservatory and fiberglass spa, added by the owners in the 1980s, was removed and replaced with sliding glass doors to interpret the open connection between front and rear gardens, Iwanoff’s original design intent. The main bathroom was expanded and windows added to improve views and introduce natural light and ventilation.
A wall between two small bedrooms was removed to create a generous master bedroom and an entrance to the bathroom was added. The kitchen was completely upgraded. The narrow, low benches and old appliances were replaced with a contemporary design that retained the functions and aesthetic of the original kitchen.