HOUSE 001

A single-family home at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The subversion of conventional notions of the home and domesticity by examining and designing the home in reverse: via the inside, out. Research on the mid-century American Case Study homes informed the design of House 001 in the way the relationships between objects, furnishings, decor, structure, envelope, and landscaping comprised a gesamtkunstwerk - nothing out of place, everything with intention, the house a total work of art. What new ideas about domestic life can emerge by closely examining the things inside, or what goes inside and why?

Mobile furniture plays a literally active role for the family - furniture capable of "keeping up" by virtue of their expediency, convenience and portability.

Structural concrete columns allow for open plan living with the added benefit of craters that designate multi-functional spaces for lounging, conversation, sleeping or even dining. The home becomes the setting for the flow, coincidence and intersection of activities that emphasize a lifestyle of open plan fluidity and intimacy.

The stillness of a zen garden of stepped gravel beds and ferns is a contemplative break from interior action.