The Lay Low

CompanyHK Architects
Lead DesignerHeidi Hefferlin, AIA
Design TeamHeidi Hefferlin, AIA, Craig Kronenberg, FAIA, Matthew Parks
ClientHK Architects
CreditsPhotos by Harlan Hambright and Karen Culp
Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories / Low cost housing
Entry Description

When Chattanooga’s Lay Low Lounge—a men’s gambling club—closed, HK Architects bought the property with a short-term plan to revitalize the street and a long-term vision for affordable housing. Roof trusses enabled the removal of interior walls and the reconfiguration of the layout. An accessible residence, the design includes one large living, dining and cooking area, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a large covered porch. Intended as an eventual age-in-place home for the architects’ parents, the Law Low currently serves as a bed and breakfast, and a hub for the vibrant Southside neighborhood.