Florin Luca Architect is an architecture firm focused on discovering the appropriate design response to environmental and aesthetic concerns of discerning clients.
Creative and sensible, each design reflects the specific geographical and environmental context, the financial constraints, and the purpose of each project, while carefully considering the client's aspirations and ideas.
This pragmatic approach informs the inventive yet functional design of residential, small-scale institutional and commercial buildings.
In my architectural practice, I focus on the pragmatic aspects of design. I believe architecture is a delicate balance of art and purpose. Our built environment must have meaning and beauty, while surreptitiously performing its sheltering functions. Achieving this balance requires intuition, knowledge and patience.
I welcome the opportunity to explore together with you how your dreams and ideas can become reality.
I have over fifteen years of design and architecture experience. I am a licensed architect in the state of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
After the renovation, through more efficient use of space, the house gained an en-suite bathroom, a larger second bedroom and kitchen, additional storage space, and a loft space above the kitchen, overlooking the living/dining room. The loft, an instant favorite with the sleepover party crowd, increased the house size by 200 square feet. Beyond the numbers though, the house really became a cozy home!
The new layout, with a central island housing the cooktop and providing seating on two sides, invites hosts and guests alike to share in the cooking ritual. Another distinctive feature was tailoring the different countertop heights to the anthropometrical characteristics of the clients and the type activity to take place at that station: cooking, preparing, writing, checking recipes, general tasks, and homework, evidently.
The renovation removed the alcove and low ceiling and replaced them with a glass enclosure complete with a two-way swing door for safety. By installing the glass enclosure, the entire bathroom space opened up and filled with light. Inexpensive Ikea cabinetry completed the modern look and feel of the final space.
On a conceptual level, this design proposal is an attempt to revisit the primordial, instinctive ancient custom of gathering around the cooking fire. Evidently, while the stage is more or less unchanged, the actors have undergone profound transformations. Our modern kitchens contain, and indeed are defined by, inanimate objects that rival the presence of their human counterparts. In recognition of this reality, perhaps it is time to afford them the attention they deserve. Therefore, this is where the primordial circle meets the modern kitchen.
Interior Design and Electrolux ICON Kitchen Re-Imagined Competition
Deliberate rectilinear massing and industrial materials stand in contrast, and successfully complement, the traditional style and the local material of choice, the brick, of the existing buildings. Wood ceiling baffles warm up and help the acoustics of the lobby, which also happens to serve as an ad-hoc space for school meetings.
Eventually, the final design allowed only for a lobby entrance and the multi-purpose auditorium, as seen in the design sketches.
The final design successfully resolved all the programmatic and site demands, while also providing improved outdoor classroom space.
The challenge in the design of both spaces was having to reconcile the physical and programmatic size and scope of a large healthcare facility with the human scale.
A fresh coat of paint, new Home Depot kitchen cabinetry and OSB panels, and Ikea furniture completed the renovation. Now the difficulty lies in getting the teachers to leave the place and do some teaching!