|Two apartment buildings designed and built between 1938 and 1941 comprise R.M. Schindler’s Bubeshko Apartments. The five units are each unique in size, configuration, orientation and finish.
Our project to rehabilitate these buildings was one of probing their history, engaging a deep understanding of Schindler’s formative theories, his architectural intentions and their material realization without strictly freezing the work at the time of its conception.
We focused on material systems – plaster, wood, plywood and glass – and their elaboration as a code for the creation of spatial effects throughout each unit interior.
As in all of Schindler’s work, the notion of ‘color plasticity’ is integral to the systems that form space and shape these environments. Attaining a muted, translucent palette aligned with Schindler’s design goals using reformulated, environmentally sound materials was central to the success of this restoration.