This writers studio could make an awesome tiny house with some minor modifications. Designed by SMNG-A Architects, this 448-square-foot studio is an addition to an existing 1,100-square-foot house. It doubles both as a creative get-away for the owner and as a private space for any guests.
The form of the guest house/studio was inspired by Anselm Kiefer painting. It contains a chalk outline of a cube with the diagonally opposite corners chamfered. This concept has been applied to the retreat with one of the chamfered corners acting as the entry, and the other as a window.
The ground floor contains a two-story entry space with a sleeping nook, laundry, toilet and shower. A staircase to the upper level takes you to a sleeping loft. The studio has also been rotated 90-degrees around its foundation, cantilevering the corners just above ground level.
It’s also quite an energy efficient structure; it contains high value insulation with a minimal thermal bridging, high performance windows and doors, a thermal mass lower level stone floor with radiant floor heating, and a rain screen skin on the exterior.
I am an artist-designer that has become fascinated with “living small”. But as I age, I am much more aware of the limited mobility that comes with age and therefore design has to take on a different dimension. As the population of the USA grows older, this most certainly will be an area of need for the future. I would like to collaborate with someone to design small houses for the older generation.