Shift Top House by Meridian 105 Architecture
The Shift Top House is located in Denver, Colorado, USA. This contemporary home was designed by Meridian 105 Architecture.
“The Shift-top house is a renovation and addition to an existing brick bungalo in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood. The house is really a ‘pop-top’ on steroids, a substantial addition making use of the existing 1940’s structure and foundation. Three of the four exterior brick walls of the original 800 square foot house remain, but that’s about it. Denver’s zoning code posed a unique challange to the addition. The original structure was non-conforming to the City’s side yard setback, projecting by a foot beyond the standard. Because the the project is technically considered an addition, the existing structure was allowed to remain in place, however the 2nd and 3rd floor were required to comply with the City’s current setback and bulk plane standards. In response, the house shifts away from the property line at each level, resulting in a large volume offset from the lower by about 4′. In all, 3 bedrooms were added to the 2nd floor, and a rooftop deck & office to the top. At the first level, the rear wall of the home was removed and replaced with a full glass facade and covered patio. A dramatic interior void connects all three floors with an open staircase.”
Photos by Raul J. Garcia