I really enjoy the work of Peter Gluck and Partners, but this article in Metropolis Magazine about their renovation of a Mid-Century Modernist home by Ladislav Rado, made me immediately think:
“The firm typically serves as general contractor for their projects, which they say reduces costs by a third. In this case, one of the two Gluck employees on site was also a carpenter, and built part of the renovation himself.”
Sounds very design-build(y) and handcrafted, like a really ‘controlled’ and personalized, operation/praxis. Although, I suppose that is what gives the work it’s appeal.
As for the flexibility: “Their program was that they needed six bedrooms,” Gluck says, “but we thought about how that would change. A lot of their kids are aging out. The TV room could become an eating area. The walls between the kids’ bedrooms are not structural, so they could be combined.” Gluck tries to provide similar flexibility in his institutional projects. “Structurally, they are loft buildings with no interior columns. The walls can be moved.
The renovation was necessary because of renovations in the later 19080s which created a jumble of postmodern and Modernist design, the 80s alterations for instance included the addition of a stair-tower.