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De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop turned abandoned city lots into light-filled office space for its firm and sleek living quarters for the partners. The large shutters and elongated bench are gestures to the street.

Alternating bands of gloss and matte white paint on the walls of the ground-level office bounce and reflect light, while fixtures made from circular fluorescent bulbs and contractor-grade porcelain sockets add a botanical touch.

The ground floor features an office, wood shop, and a guest suite for summer interns.

Simple finishes like drywall and white paint helped keep costs manageable.

For economy, the architects chose common off-the-shelf materials and finishes such as porcelain tile, pine plank floor, gypsum, and sealed concrete but detailed them to achieve a custom look.

The firm's two partners were able to accommodate ample living space on the second floor of their live/work project.

The second level houses two one-bedroom condos.

Natural light filters into all interior work and living spaces thanks to large glass openings and stark white walls.

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