This unique kitchen remodel required a careful design response. The dilapidated wooden cabinetry was completely infested by roaches, rats, and mice. The elderly owner (the designer's grandfather) was unable to clean the surfaces nor locate goods in the rat-nest clutter. The budget was just above zero. SMASH saw an opportunity for improvement through innovation. Thus, the kitchen cabinets were to be made of five modified shopping carts. The open frames disable any pests' inhabitation by exposing every crevice and simultaneously put the food on display for ease of location. The free cart frames (all design/labor performed by SMASH pro bono) allowed the budget to be used elsewhere, mostly the fine cork tile flooring. The entire project budget came in under $600 - and boom, the rats are gone.
A new home designed and built around an intact existing slab. An expansive second floor mushrooms from a smaller post-war house. The rising volumes are clad in crafted textured materials, included charred and waxed cedar siding and custom-troweled stucco (the trowel was fabricated exclusively for this texture).
Careful use of intriguing materials and expansive daylighting create a warm, yet modern structure. Investigations in traditional material treatments leads to a blending, artfully-textured experience. Truly modern and clearly organized spaces become inviting, through this process.
East Austin, Texas. Completed 2017.
The Printbox is a structural poem bathed in daylight, texture, and delight. Crafted volumes contain a carbon print studio in one space, and a one-bedroom apartment the other. Two surface treatments - intentionally-rusting stucco walls next to industrialized panels - weave together the two types of functions within, contrasting and coordinating, to make a richly-textured space inside and out. The resulting composition juxtaposes the two architectural approaches, marrying the live and work functions of the owner. Other details include custom steel-plate windows, perforated sunscreen, and a two-piece concealed gutter.
Assorted projects on the design boards, a glimpse into some of the presentation process.
Sampling of projects from Marcus McKenzie's previous employment at Vanos Architects. Work included full architectural services under the supervision of renowned Los Angeles Architect Jay Vanos. Feasibility Studies, Complete Design Services, Full Construction Documents, Permit Process, Construction Administration, and Client Management. Projects included single- and multi-family residential, and commercial/mixed-use projects.