This small house has been squeezed into a narrow, parking-space sized lot in Syracuse, NY. Created by the architecture studio Para Project, the multi-purpose building has been named Haffenden House. It serves as a writing studio, and has its own library.
The front facade of the house is clad in an unusual semi-transparent silicon layer, which, when combined with the light from the windows, creates a space flooded in natural light. The inside of the house is finished in a bright white throughout, adding to the sense of spaciousness in the living areas.
The project was completed in 2014. The first floor serves as a garage/workspace. The library can be found on the next level up, and comes with its very own bathtub, placed in the middle of the room, in front of a very large window.
To provide a little modesty, there’s a privacy curtain that can be draped across the window. The walls of the library are stacked from floor to ceiling with books. There’s also a desk, daybed, and a small bathroom tucked away in a corner, with a shower and toilet.
The final level of the house is occupied by the sleeping quarters. There’s a large “pillow bed” placed in the middle of the room, with a number of skylights and smaller windows providing viewpoints and light. A small storage nook in the corner can be used for items of clothing.
The house doesn’t appear to contain a kitchen (usually a must-have for most), but I suppose it’s intended to function solely as a writing studio and a private library. It’s a private, and personal retreat placed in the middle of what looks to be a bustling residential area.