This house was designed for a painter and professor of art history and his wife, who is a special education instructor. The couple had recently relocated to the central coast of California from a small town in rural Minnesota, where they had previously lived in a relatively nondescript two-level house comprised of an assortment of discrete rooms. Within this old house the couple moved from room to room throughout the day in pursuit of their various activities: painting, writing, cooking, eating, sleeping, etc.—with each activity devoted to a specific space. This meant, however, that 90% of the spaces in their house remained unoccupied and unused when the activities that they supported were not being pursued. In addition, the discreteness of these little rooms automatically made each of their activities private ones—despite the fact that most of the time they preferred to be in the same space at the same time, regardless of what they were doing.
In contrast, they wanted their new house to allow them to orchestrate their own activity spaces. The design of the Wormhole House enables this by decoupling activities from specific spaces.