A Window in Three Parts

A renovated Los Feliz bungalow brings the outside in with folding doors

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Exterior of the house with the doors open. (Matthew McNulty)
Exterior of the house with the doors open. (Matthew McNulty)

Carlos Madrid III, a senior designer at the Los Angeles branch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has been lovingly renovating his white plaster bungalow-style home for the past two years. Originally built in 1912, the residence was the living quarters for migrant farm workers. With just 800 square feet, Madrid’s main objective was to make the home more usable and comfortable. “I wanted to capitalize on the Southern California lifestyle,” he said.

View from inside the house (Matthew McNulty)

To accomplish this, Madrid installed LaCantina’s aluminum 3-panel bi-fold doors. The doors flexibly swing inside and outside in multiple open and closed positions—anywhere along the spectrum from wide open to completely closed. The system is equipped with a concealed multi-sealed lock, giving the architect freedom to fully open their home and the security to thoroughly close it.

In effect, Madrid made the space more usable by opening up the living areas to create the illusion of increased square footage. “This window system blurs the lines between the inside and out, while increasing the perceived size of the living and dining areas,” said Madrid.

Location
Los Angeles

Architect
Carlos Madrid III

Contractor
Steven Fiske

Wall System
Aluminum Bi-fold System by LaCantina

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