20K Ann’s Home

  • Overview

    Info

    Newbern, AL
    2019
    5th-Year Project
    Residential

  • Project Team

    Ayomi Akinlawon, Jed Grant, Madeline Gibbs, Yikuan Peng

The 23rd version of the 20K Home has a research and design focus of “aging-in-place.” The team took on the challenge of designing a home for the entire life of its occupant, not simply accepting the narrow understanding of “aging-in-place” that considers life following retirement. This means providing spaces that are flexible and remain suitable as a family expands and contracts during different phases of life.

annas home rendering
Investigating the role of aging-in-place in the contemporary rural home
FLEXIBLE DESIGN In addition to providing a living room that can easily transition into a third bedroom if required (when those teenagers need their own space or the favorite niece comes to stay), the design creates a strong connection between the interior and the porch with double doors. Not only does this approach create accessibility for someone in a walker, wheelchair, or even a hospital bed, it also provides space for families to gather and support one another. The house also prepares for this life cycle with details that are both durable and affordable to maintain.

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