rockhill and associates, lecompton, kan.

The young owners of this house wanted a flexible and hip building within a modest footprint and budget. Dan Rockhill willingly took on the challenge.

Within a 77-foot-long-by-24-foot-deep plan, he inserted seven symmetrical bays to contain everything but the open living/dining space. And he divided the bays from the public space with four 11-foot-wide frosted glass sliding doors set on a continuous track. Rockhill jokes that his clients can configure the house for “a Ping-Pong tournament or an intimate dinner.”

But the jury was seriously taken by Rockhill's use of sliding doors as a modulation device, which, they said, resulted in “remarkable” and “enigmatic” spaces.

principal in charge / general contractor: Dan Rockhill, Rockhill and Associates
project architect: David Sain, Rockhill and Associates
project size: 1,848 square feet
construction cost: Approximately $132 per square foot
photography: Dan Rockhill

product specs
bathroom and kitchen cabinets:IKEA; bathroom plumbing fittings and fixtures:Boffi USA, Kohler Co.; countertops:Formica Corp.; dishwasher:Fisher & Paykel Appliances; exterior siding:James Hardie Building Products; interior and exterior doors:Polygal; windows:MANKO Window Systems