Site | 1/3 acre, gently sloping in a 1920's East Atlanta neighborhood, with an existing 1100 sf cottage nestled among beautiful, mature hardwoods.
Program | A recently married, professional couple (both working for non-profit companies) with similar creative interests: one is a painter, one works in clay.
Working with a very limited budget, the program called for a large, connected space of approximately 800 s.f. which would accomidate both mediums as well as serving as a social nexus for entertaining.
The painter requested a loft; the potter a plinth.
Environemntal response is literal, not rhetorical, and emphasizes a strong connection to the site.
Budget | $85,000 (with some sweat equity)
Contextual Response | The collection and storage of rainwater was part of the program, leading to a reconsideration of the existing house's form.
An inversion of the formal and oredering elements of the original house was proposed.
Systems | Existing House -- Studio
Foundation | Piers and wood joists -- Concrete Plinth
Frame | Concealed -- Exposed
Roof | Gable/Deflector -- Scupper/Collector
Relation to Site | Elevated/Enclosed -- Grounded/Expansive
Drainage | Incidental -- Intentional