In.Finite Space

Second Floor Addition Proposal

This is a design proposal for a second floor addition to a contemporary ranch home. Although the house appears modest, the amount of spaces it currently has, in addition to the proposed spaces, makes this residence quite spacious. As I have continued to work on these competitions, the struggle I have encountered is trying to balance my desire to propose dynamic, exciting spaces versus the sometimes timid desires of the client. I’m cannot help but believe that several of the professors that have taught me over the past few years would look at this work and criticize its simplicity or compromise to “bad architecture”. It’s my understanding of the practicality of the forum that has motivated me thus far, for when substantial money is available, it is difficult to propose radical, expensive additions that the client may prefer but cannot accept as the most appropriate for them.

The balance I am trying to strike is one predicated on growth. Although my proposals have been relatively “tame”, there are underlying principles to the designs that I’m trying to cultivate that will translate into more substantial projects as time progresses. This project is an accurate example of a design element I am trying to understand within the traditional home: the hallway. As I’ve seen more and more building layouts I cannot argue (yet) with the effectiveness of the double-loaded corridor. However, in small scale residential work, the hallway is a linear path that is consistently the smallest and inefficient space in the home. In the design below, the second floor (which was the area of significant new design) is not designed as a series of spaces along a linear path, but rather a collection of spaces spread around a central space. Although a simple design decision on the surface, the result is the reallocation of that floor area that would otherwise be used as hallway (corridor) into a collective, larger space that can be experienced. In this addition, that central space is a sitting area with skylights above and surrounded by built-in bookshelves around the periphery.

As my work continues, I’d like to share more insight into my design motivations in the hopes of generating interest and perhaps collaboration of ideas and thoughts for future work.

This entry was published on July 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm and is filed under Architecture. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Second Floor Addition Proposal

  1. Aaron Salva on said:

    Looks great man but to be the eternal deliverer of bad news I have a slight problem with your game rooms render. When we first examine the render all looks well but as I took a closer look I realized that you in fact have put an screen shot of the critically acclaimed Madden video game. This is all well and good however, the Xbox 360 console is not on. Something just doesnt add up.

    • I love it. I search tirelessly for a screen shot of Buffalo’s Byrd sacking Tom Brady and the criticism is that the florescent green xbox light isn’t glowing? I respect the commentary and an update will follow shortly for sure.

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