The building was originally an imposing eclectic-style town house with a large Expo 58-style extension. Each of these buildings has an inherent quality, but the two entities do not communicate with each other and lack natural light. The project aims to bring these elements together while making the most of what already exists. To bring more light into the centre of the house and to meet the need for a new central circulation, the architectural intention is one of subtraction. The result is an atrium with a staircase at the centre of the house, offering a spatial perception that extends far beyond the actual surface available.