建筑设计：Best Practice Architecture
地点：美国，西雅图（Seattle, United States）
来自建筑师的介绍。在美国，许多家庭都在努力解决同样的难题：当你住在一个可选择住房极少的城市时，要怎么照顾到年迈的家庭成员呢？Best Practice Architecture提供了一个很好的解决方法，用他们最新在西雅图的项目来解决多代人生活和城市密度的问题。
Best Practice事务所适时而入。他们认为对业主现有的车库（先前作为仓库）进行改造是完美的解决方案。设计考虑因素包括项目在短期时间和长期时间内的用途。首先，Best Practice事务所需要满足客户最迫切的需求。他们还需要考虑将来使用该空间作为家庭可能的出租单元、工作室、办公室或其他创收项目。并且要在有限的571平方英尺完成这些目标。
在建筑物的后边是一个连接阁楼空间的私人木平台。当Best Practice着手开始项目时，院子本身就有6英尺（1.83米）高立面上的落差，这给了事务所把Granny Pad住宅建在场地自身小山上的灵感。向下的地势使阁楼变得简单而自然。
Text description provided by the architects. Across the country, many families are struggling with the same difficult question: How can you best support aging family members when you live in a city with minimal housing options? Best Practice Architecture has offered a brilliant solution to issues around multigenerational living and urban density with their latest Seattle project.
The firm was hired by a Seattle homeowner to create Granny Pad: A spacious living quarters converted from a backyard garage. The residential addition was built to give the aging family member a safe and well-designed home, bring childcare to the growing family, and to maintain privacy for everyone involved.
Located just north of Seattle’s University District, Granny Pad is a 571 square foot detached dwelling transformed from an existing garage into a lofty, open living space. The project began when the client couldn’t find appropriate housing for “Granny” in their neighborhood. With a growing family, they didn’t have enough space in their house to accommodate her needs and maintain the privacy everyone in the family wanted. And with a shortage of affordable housing in Seattle, the option of moving to a larger house in the city was out of reach.
That’s when Best Practice stepped in. The firm saw converting the client’s existing garage (previously used as storage) as the perfect solution. Design considerations included looking at the project on both a short-term and long-term timeline. First, Best Practice needed to address the immediate needs of the client. They also considered future uses of the space as a possible rental unit, studio, office or other income generating project for the family. And they needed to do all of that using just 571 square feet.
To accommodate the decreased mobility associated with aging, the living area needed to be one level. Rather than make several small rooms, the team opted to create open, central spaces that can be easily adapted to changing mobility issues. Carefully placed windows and skylights provide lots of daylight. Rafters were left exposed in the ceiling.The existing garage door was removed, and the old structure became the entry, kitchen and sitting room. A short walk through the entryway reveals the bedroom, closet with laundry and bathroom. A lofted space above the bathroom (accessed by a ladder) will be used as storage for the time being, but can easily be transformed into an office or sleeping loft in the future. All of these details come together to create a soaring, open feeling that makes the relatively small footprint of Granny Pad feel much larger.
Behind the structure sits a private back deck which connects to the loft space. The yard itself had a natural 6 foot elevation change when Best Practice began the project, which inspired the firm to build Granny Pan into the hill itself. And the bunkering made the loft an easy—and natural—addition.
With unique and forward-thinking design, Best Practice was able to provide their client with the perfect solution for their current housing needs and a world of possibilities for their future.