The Map is Not the Territory
An archeologist studies past cultures through artifacts. Before an excavation begins, the site is surveyed with aerial mapping. The land is divided into square areas in order to map the location where artifacts are found. The locations create a spatial relationship that provides knowledge about the past in a volumetric form. The following project is an exploration of a habitable artifact that is situated in a larger field of infinite objects. The objects are excavated and filtered through interior and exterior conditions within a 24’ x 24’ x 24’ volume of intervention. This process looks at the layers of a site, both horizontally and vertically. The artifacts can be mapped within the map of a site, which is within the map of a larger area we inhabit. A map of the territory exists within the site and within the artifacts obtained from the site.
Architectural Design: Stage 01
The design stems from an investigation of how a house must protect its inhabitants from exterior conditions while providing internal programmatic relationships. A rigid system creates an arrangement for a typical way people want to live, while a responsive skin highlights the way they need to live to be protected from environmental forces. The internal functions of the house are given an external identity as these two systems mark the gap between inside and outside. The spatial arrangement is marked by three private bedrooms on the second level that translate to the open, yet distinguished zones of the first level. Responding directly to the site, the skin performs functions related to privacy, insulation, solar control, ventilation, and water. In certain instances, the skin begins to merge with the inhabitants at a smaller scale as they move in and around the house, specifically becoming a kitchen table, storage, fence, and trash area.