Reina Belle Meadows moved to the Aspen Springs community to simply live. She moved to a small dwelling that may be considered unconventional, to live intentionally. Already loving the outdoors, a small dwelling would enable a greater connection to nature. She is an artist and specializes in oil painting. Her work is her main hobby. She loves doing any kind of art. Her other hobbies include gardening and yoga. She also has one horse and one dog. She loves horseback riding, especially in the morning.
DWELLING: INTENTIONALLY UNCONVENTIONAL
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INSPIRATION Reina moved to the Aspen Springs community to live a simple life. To coincide with this, the basic form of the dwelling is kept simple. The majority of Reina’s paintings are oil. Oil paintings show contrast with touches of lights. The window slits on the east and west sides allow touches of light into the space. Partitions in the wall jut out to create shade for some of the windows. The shadows they cast create a subtle contrast. To have a great connection to the outdoors, the dwelling opens up to the south. Hydroponics Because of Reina’s love for gardening, a hydroponics space was created so she could grow plants year-round. This space is located on the second oor is made almost entirely out of glass, similar to a greenhouse. The hydroponics are adjacent to the bed. Some plants sprawl down to the rst oor, covering the whole outside bathroom wall. Having the plants in those places make her relaxation and bathing a type of ritual that connects her to nature. Systems The dwelling collects its own rainwater. Part of the water rst goes to the hydroponics space. After going through the plants, the excess water is directed with the rest of the water to a lter. The ltered water goes into a storage tank where it is pumped as needed. Besides collectings its own water, the dwelling also produces its own energy through the use of solar panels. The solar panels are located on the stable where the roof slants to the south. VENTILATION The wind currents are mainly from the west. Some of the window slits on the east and west sides are larger to let more air in. This allows for cross-ventilation through the space. The hydroponics space also has operable windows for the hot air to escape in the summer. WATER SYSTEM
FURNITURE The furniture is exible in its use. The chairs can be folded out for more seating or they could even be used for beds. The staircase can be pushed in and pulled out as needed. The steps double as a bookshelf or any other kind of storage. One of the studio walls is on a tracking system. The wall can be used to display paintings and then be pushed back in a corner when it is not in use. Lights can also be attached to the tracking system for displaying.
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ALICIA BRACKEL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN II JOAN VORDERBRUGGEN SPRING SEMESTER 2011