Skylit Cottage

Berkeley, California


This cottage is an accessory dwelling unit on the site of the existing residence of a retiring activist, artist and knitter.

Focusing on maximizing storage and a variety of spaces for this client, the project emphasizes a series of thickened walls that become bedroom, kitchen, living, and storage spaces. Compact space feels vast through efficiency and light that floods in from a custom skylight above.

The oblique axis that underlies the plan comes from an interest in the knitting pattern called “counting your rows” which emphasizes blocks of colors, solids, and voids.