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JKPsleeper in Huntsville (greater Houston), Texas by Adia
November 7th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Adia
Lukas is an architectural entrepreneur who was thrust into the professional world prematurely when as a young college student he received a $10+ million investment offer for an invention, and soon after gained international recognition for his “$12,000 Green Dream Home.”
This gave him the way to start his own “dream” company as a kid—an idea company. And though in some ways it forced him to mature quickly, in many ways it allowed him to remain a child (with big ideas of changing the world) perpetually. He was paid to dream, to travel, and to live and think outside the box.
From his youth, Lukas always dreamed of being able to design better homes for average people. Having grown up making kites from plastic grocery sacks and building clubhouses out of dirt, he learned to think creatively and to make great things out of whatever was freely available. Growing up as an energetic kid with no TV, he learned to love nature and appreciate the outdoors.
Lukas was born in Dallas, and decided at the age of 3 (while helping to pick up nails at a construction site) that he wanted to be an architect. Lukas studied architecture at the Universityof Southern California, and then went on to study Housing & Urbanization at HarvardUniversity’s Graduate School of Design. He firmly believes that the greatest designs and innovations are born out of the greatest challenges, and is currently researching methods for mass-prefabricating affordable, sustainable housing to meet the pressing needs of the 21st century.
Lukas is the founder of Adia, and the managing partner for a real estate development company inDallas. In his spare time he travels and dreams of ways to inspire the next generation. He hopes to launch his first educational non-profit organization soon.
Adia is an idea company.
Though much of our work manifests itself in built objects, our business is innovation. We take dreams, ideas, and “impossible” problems—and create unique solutions.
Adia is a global network of diversely talented creative individuals with a passion for design and innovation. The company was founded with two goals: 1) to make exceptional design and innovation accessible to everyone, and 2) to unleash the freshest talent and ideas from around the world to meet today’s challenges and make the earth a better place.
We believe that exceptional design enhances lives and pays for itself in the value it creates. We believe that anything is possible with enough knowledge, creativity, and passion—and that the greatest challenges yield the most spectacular results.
By rethinking traditional practices in light of 21st-century technology and utilizing a revolutionary business model, Adia is able to offer innovative design and creative services at exceptional values.
SUMMARY: Designing an ultra-affordable, portable, and view-preserving patio bedroom addition.
After being turned away by several builders, the client approached us with a small but challenging proposition. They wanted to add an extra bedroom on their covered patio for when their children visited, but there were several tricky aspects.
The first challenge was the budget. Builders had told them it would cost at least $3,000 to add the bedroom, but they wanted the entire project completed for under $1,000. Furthermore, to legally bypass permits (and the politics that come with them) the addition had to be mobile, or “impermanent.” But the most difficult criterion was size. The clients did not want to lose the view of the lush backyard from the house, so the room had to be elegant and obscured from view. This meant it had to be extremely small.
Interested in testing our ongoing research related to smallness and transportability of architecture, we took the challenge.
In order to preserve the view of the backyard from the house and keep the cost as low as possible, we designed a 6’ x 8’ bedroom (48 S.F. / 4.5 M.Q.), which tucked into the corner of the covered patio without interfering with the wrought iron structure of the house. The bedroom was built off the ground in case of flooding, and designed so that it can be separated from the house and moved if necessary.
The bedroom features a bed, a small desk, a bookshelf, and a bay window. There are two operable windows which allow for breeze, and a vent for exhausting heat. The window on the backside of the room (facing the house) was designed so that when it is opened, it is possible to see through the entire room/bay window to the backyard beyond.
The large bay window and the connection to nature make the unthinkably small space surprisingly pleasant. When the room is not being used for sleeping, it’s a favorite place for talking on cell phones and listening to birds chirp in the trees nearby.