One of my all time favorite design footprint discoveries was the small footprint tall building, with a small staircase to go from living space to living space. The entire concept emerged as I thought about the compact footprint and spaciousness (it seems contradictory but it's true) of the staircases inside the high school I went to (Mount Assisi Academy). It was basically taking the rectangular space of a stairwell and expanding it enough to include living space around the stairs.
|photo: Michelle Kaufmann Studio|
|photo: Ludlow Island Resort|
Today, when I was perusing some wooded area cabins and travel websites for the great lakes, I happened on a building with a similar concept and footprint, the Ludlow Island Resort's Dreamweaver cabin on the Vermillion Lake in Minnesota. If you add a wooded lot I'm in ecstasy. It's a dream I've always had, that of living in a thickly wooded lot.
There's something about the small footprint, panoramic glass arrangement, and modern conveniences all nestled in the wild of a thickly forested area that feel like absolute heaven to me. May God(ess) help me get there some day.
It takes someone with a very particular taste and vision -- some may say survival instincts -- to create and feel comfortable in these types of tall and rather rectangular living spaces. Many would falter at the lack of neighbors living in a forested environment. Others would be incredibly irritated by the sounds and potential intrusions of the nearby wildlife. But if this type of environment is your cup of tea, like it is mine, then there's quite no other place like home. No sequined, red slippers required.