An extensive renovation of a Philadelphia townhouse, originally designed by architect I.M. Pei in 1962, respects the purity of the original plan, preserves a central stair, and incorporates 21st century technology and amenities.
The renovation by k YODER design of Philadelphia demonstrates livable modernism for a young family. Period restoration was avoided; instead, the house was revitalized within its mid-century context.
Inspired by original design documents, the renovation removed interior partitions to create expansive views to the outdoors. Organization for toys and electronics integrates thoughtfully within custom cabinetry and behind sliding wall panels. Reconfiguration of the third floor into a master suite highlights an original ribbon window with walnut wainscoting and a walk-through dressing closet. Color and light enhance the design. LED light coves visually create the illusion of larger spaces. An aluminum wall between the kitchen and dining area captures and reflects the red brick exterior. A burnished metal hearth accents an original fireplace.