#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.

...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.