Lower levels of homes are often candidates for a space to exercise, especially if there is room for the equipment that supports a well rounded workout. This space had the good fortune of being in a home built into a hill, so there it really is an inviting space. I guess there’s no excuse for not getting to the gym when it is right downstairs!
This space was created for an artist and yoga teacher. There is space for art materials and works in progress. The generous open space allows for her yoga practice as well as room to just spread out. There is a corner to sit, think, read, or visit. This is what Stewart Brand described as “low road” space in his book “How Buildings Learn.” These are spaces that are endlessly flexible as people’s interests and needs change (and the people change). That flexibility in function is more important than architectural expression. The simplicity invites improvisation.
Lower Level Activities
The lower level in this home doesn’t feel that way. The ample light and views outside makes these inviting spaces to be in. While the social and main living functions are on the main level, this space was designed to accommodate a ping pong table, which requires ample room on all sides. In the space beyond is a home office and a door to the outside. This project features a polished (and insulated) concrete floor slab that holds the sun’s energy streaming thru those windows.