alt.architecture netizen Ken has a small one.
I've designed some small ones:
Wachu want to discuss?
Some nice work there, Pierre. I think this my favourite:
Nice use of offsets to create a degree of separation of individual
"modules", while at the same time creating a degree of unification through a
cozy "courtyard". Good window space too. My only gripe would be the apparent
symmetry as seen from the front. I might have broken it up a little with
window arrangement, while perhaps making one of the side modules a little
different than the other-- maybe by using a "shed" roof for one of them.
Maybe so but the overall concept is to provide a "country" cabin for 2
"urban" couples. Since they both own mountain escape property together, one
of the programming requirements was for the rooms to be of equal status so
that neither couple has "a better room than the other". The "Urban vs
Country" theme becomes the primary design theme. That's why the two rooms
are designed as two facing classic lean-to structures (very common shelter
structures found in the woods and mountains along the Appalachians and the
Northeast) featuring classic construction of slab siding, green asphalt
shingles and plank interior walls. Meanwhile, the interior structure is
clad in metal with a metal roof and hardwood plywood sheets to clad the
interior etc etc etc to mimic the "urban" contemporary look. A garage door
with a "door within a door" can be raised staraight up along the front wall
to make a nice indoor/outdoor place during the warm summer months.
Furthermore, if you look at the side elevation, the center structure
symbolizes a construction crane and cab as it "chug's" its way between the
two lean-to's to deposit the chimney on the fireplace... a fitting
juxtaposition of the urban couple "escaping" the city to their country
I remember it being published a long time ago in about.com's architeture
section... I wonder if Jackie Craven's article is still available online?
Interesting to see. I liked the last one; it look very liveable. How many
square feet does it hold?
What interests me is maximizing useful space (living plus storage) in
minimal square feet. One thing that bothered me very much about most new
houses is that there is so much wasted space, which inevitably translates
into higher heating/cooling bills. Also, however, I found most to have a
very cold/inhospitable feel because many seemed to be so "grand" that they
ended up feeling more like hotel lobbies than homes.
I think it's rare for efficiency, comfortable living/storage space, and
warmth to be integrated well, so it's always interesting to me to see cases
where they are. Especially in a clean style - for some reason, people now
seem to assume that contemporary is the same as modern, which in turn means
"sterile". None of which has to be true; it just seems to be the current
trend, from what I've seen. Too bad...
Hi Tom, unsure how tiny you want, but check out the small houses from the
Solar Decathlon competition (which might take place every year), some of
which you may find very nice as I do:
If you want to avoid the solar route, the designs should be adaptable. Also,
here's another favourite link:
Of course, you'll find many more good links via an online search.
Well some projects suit some people, while other projects suit others.
As for the term 'communal', while ostensibly accurate on the surface, it
may have some dubious connotations to some people.
Perhaps 'joint', 'cooperative' or 'collaborative' might be more
semantically palatable or accurate.
As for the matter of marketing to the likes of Don :) I suppose we could
always approach the venture from a competitive, capital, high-profile
(article in architecture rag)
"Alt.Architecture Architects and Designers Collaborate and Build
Beautiful Campus of Small Houses in Exotic Locale!..."
"... When we approached Don, one of the designers for comment, he told
us to get in line, which we found was long. But it was not nearly as
long as the line-up for those wanting to rent a room, which Don told us,
when it was finally our turn, can go upwards of $400 a night..."
Now, if only I could get to where I could make a few $$ of some of my
crackpot notions <L!>
I got this idea for making a "windvane", sort of a flat crescent-type shape
that'd be set up to have water come out the front tip, by rotating on a
silicone or plastic widget that'd also be a seal and direct the water up
through the bottom of the crescent-shape.
The question, tho' becomes where to do the concept test, where to build it,
and then, where the heck to put the thing.
I's started a notebook of all this stuff, still haven't found it after this
past move (last year). That's another problem, having to move all the
materials and stuff.
Sort of like an artisan colony, eh?
Of course, I'm not an architect, just a crackpot who does 3D modeling (when
I can keep Windows working =:-p ) in betweenst and betwixt the rest of my
insanity. But I'd love to see the photos. Maybe model it in 3D ;)
Looks like a nice place. With that many artisans, I think you must have
dropped a Zero in your timeline <g!>
It's interesting that the inn had the local craftspeople make the
furnishings. Everything in the photos has a substantial look to it (as in,
the opposite of cheesy/cheap). I liked the glass one-piece oil lamps,
they're different (and have very few parts <g>) - I have to see whether
they sell those by mail-order ;)
It's great that it seems to appeal to you. I didn't see much of Indiana,
just drove to Bloomington for the Summer Intensive Russian course back in
1988, but Bloomington seemed to be pleasant. It smelled good there.
Wait long enough and the deer will eat anything. We had to hang some
Irish Spring soap to keep 'em from eating the raspberries. It worked for
awhile, then it was time to spread around the coyote urine -- the human
kind won't work. LOL
Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
As a matter of fact, I've stumbled on something very similar.
Some of these yurts are small, some only smallish and some quite large.
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