Tim and Anne O'Conner have a home built by designer Maya Lin. The house consists of two "boxes", each with two floors. The larger "box" is used by Tim and Anne O'Conner, while the first level of the smaller "box" is to be used by Anne's mother who is wheel chair bound. She needs to have access to the lower level of the main house as well, so both spaces need to be ADA accessible. The second level of the guest house is to be finished so that the space can be rented. Tim and Anne prefer minimalist and modern design that reflects simplicity and elegance.
Building type: Residential
Square footage: 2,716
Location: Aspen, Colorado
- Create a design for the couple that connects the two "boxes" of their current house.
- Completely re-design the interior into a high-end, contemporary space that is clutter-free, but does not feel like a museum.
- The design should accommodate for long term visitors.
- Sustainability should be a key focus in the design.
- Special emphasis should be placed on creating a wheelchair accessible space.
The design features straight lines in the overall structure of the interior that demonstrates a continuous feel and connects the two “boxes” of the home. The areas on the far right half of the residence were converted into individualized apartment-style spaces that accommodate for visitors. Special attention was given to the use of sustainable products and natural light was used in the forefront of this design. Through the use of earthtones as a color palette and abstract nature-like designs throughout the space, the interior became a calming sanctuary that resembles the peaceful outside environment.