Architectural Design: Reduction and Recombination
Inhabiting the stair of Le Corbusier’s Mill Owners Association becomes an exercise in the mediation between the inherent agoraphobic and claustrophobic conditions of its spaces. The stairs and ramps become points of unprotected exposure. The mass of the stair itself is carved away, creating inhabitable spaces precisely calibrated to their individual tasks. Ultimately, a suppression of the inherent binary of interiority and exteriority in the stair as a dwelling is achieved through the threshold. The monumental door and frame is a point of coalescence between the interior and exterior, creating a field of living conditions within a continuous gradient of spaces.