building face-lifts

In Detroit the front porch is a key architectural component suggesting an identity to the dweller inside.  Typically lifted three feet above street level, these partially public, semi-private places are social perches and temperature reliefs from the non-insulated usually densely divided interior spaced houses behind them.  Any spatial shift to these perches marks an anomaly in the continuous neighborhood fabric.  The shift is playful when it retains either structural, proportional or programatic tracings of the previous porch, such as removal of the stairs, enclosing the exterior space, or building out to the sidewalk.


nails are a fantastic record keeper of a thickness and layers previously there.

each offers a measuring stick and regional sampler of the stripped building material, having undergone a palatable deformation as the metal sliced through wood, linoleum, asphalt, shingles, or sheathing.

particularly on a sun streaked surface, these skeletons strike shadows activating the newly thinned membrane.

functionally, these remanent nails engage the floor, roof, and wall differently. as a surface to walk on, the nails interrupt, restrict, puncture and striate a previously smooth floor. along the wall, the nails dictate an offset distance or directs where something is to rest and lean. along the wall, nails also offer a hook from which to hang things, as a pegboard does or the shaker peg rail banding each room. nails extruding up from a roof gather, collect and sift, interrupting any shedding generated from the pitch.

in any effect, the removal of the material and revealing of the nails in itself has reprogramed this architecture.