2019 Best of Design Award for Student Work – Group: A Home for MJ
After living on the streets for five years, “MJ,” a 23-year-old person who is deaf, has a home. Located in Eden Village in Springfield, Missouri, the design derives from MJ’s need to visually control his space. Responding to his interests, the living space features a library/gaming hub, reading nook, and a custom chess/dining table. An abstraction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, MJ’s favorite painting, is routered into closet doors. Wrap-around stairs, a front porch, and planter boxes welcome neighbors, also once homeless, from the tiny surrounding community. MJ can’t hear tornado sirens, so the house is designed to be resistant to tornadic wind loads and debris impact per FEMA wood shelter specifications.