Finalist #11: Wayne's Diagonal Conversion

This is the eleventh of the 13 finalists: a showstopper from The Heartland! This fully lived in guest house/home fits a lot into a small space.

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

1. Who was your favorite entry and why? (other than your own apt.)

"My other favorite entry is Gideon and Tracey's Pocket Knife. Although I, in my principal live/work loft, as did many of the other entrants, used furniture and furniture systems to articulate and define zones within a predetermined space, as in my urban guest house Gideon and Tracey grabbed the opportunity to use architecture as a principal mechanism for establishing the arrangement and character of the space, with the furniture providing accent and texture..." The intermediate closet wall (which looks like it may also be providing structural support for the ceiling) terminating in the pivoting wall element allows the space to read as a single whole and the "transformer pivoting wall" allows the space to be adjusted in a very dynamic way.

2. Why you should be the champ?

"I believe my urban guest house qualifies as a "champ" because of the way the minimalist aesthetic reinforces the flexible use of the small space and because I've used the opportunity of the 13ft.+ high space to create the floating mezzanine allowing for the zoning pf public and private uses while permitting the overall volume of space to be appreciated from many vantage points.

The apartment needs only a few peices of furniture to be complete: the sofa, the counter stools, the desk chair and Doug's wonderful walnut side table and suede leather rug. The platform performs multiple functions: conceals heating ducts, provides a place to sit, becomes one of the steps to the mezzanine, provides a place for a single air mattress for overnight guests and provides a tall, daylit stage when Doug does photo shoots.

Since Doug is an artist/photographer, the accessories and artwork are constantly changing and moving about which means the appreciation of the space is very dynamic."

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