Every year, students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture are given the challenge to design and build simple sleeping shelters or tiny houses that embody Wright’s principles of placement, lines, and economy. Jamie Inostroza did just that when he created an elegant tiny house in the desert. The structure was raised 12 feet high to give the inhabitant unparalleled views of the landscape and so he called it Atalaya, which means “crow’s nest” in Spanish.
The tiny structure can’t truly be counted as a tiny house since there’s only a room for sleeping, but as the student said, from the principles he’s designed for the Atalaya, you can build a house, library, or anything else you desire.
The building was placed on an existing concrete pad and was built with a $2,000 budget. Stone and concrete benches were added for seating and they also serve as steps up to the loft. The wood that was used is a beautiful redwood which is both simple and economical.
By using these materials and translucent panels, Jamie was able to create a structure that allows you to enjoy the scenery while being fully protected from the elements.
It’s amazing to see students with a passion for architecture and simplicity! To learn more about the foundation and the annual project, go to http://franklloydwright.org/architecture-school-graduate-discusses-newest-shelter-atalaya/.