#2 - Wayne's Diagonal Conversion

Name: Wayne F. Tjaden AIA
Location: Chicago, IL
Size: 476 sq.ft. urban guest house

Favorite resource:

Natural finished MDF millwork.

Design Tip:

The headboard and desk on the mezzanine do double duty as railings.

What inspired you?

I was inspired by the challenge of converting a 200 sq.ft. former factory restroom plus 100 sq.ft. of an adjacent corridor, all with 13 ft. ceiling, into a guest apartment for the owner/architect's live/work loft on the floor directly above. [More below...]

To solve the problem, I introduced diagonal walls, at aspect ratio of 1:4 separating the space longitudinally into principal living spaces and support spaces located adjacent to existing plumbing services. Then, I suspended a sleeping mezzanine within the 13 ft. tall space.

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...The diagonal walls create forced perspectives which enhance the perception of spaciousness and the floating mezzanine allows the spaces to be appreciated as parts of a single whole.

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