The wall is an aggregation of 14 unique bricks that were CNC carved from foam blocks. The bricks aggregate and nest into each other to form the wall without any for nails or glue. The nested bricks are held by friction and connected by 3D printed clamps that cinch them together. Instead of remaining a static partition, the bricks are interactive and responsive to movement. As people move around the wall, the bricks undulate at their centers. A motor pulls the white fabric stretched over each brick inward to its center-- the motion mimics the poking of a belly button. The wall becomes more than a barrier by interacting with its environment. The responsive brick makes it possible to perceive movement on the other side of the wall without having to see it.
Although the utilities of the house exist at the center of domestic activity, they are frequently designed to their minimal requirements While the most trafficked area of the home, the corridor, is typically seen as secondary space. Here it is optimized to take on its own character. The enlarged stair allows for the central circulation zone to hybridize with the densest program. The procession from floors is heightened when the landing of the switchback stair breaks the envelope of the house and gestures towards the garden. The kitchen and bathroom are then centered in this spline to be highly accessible from multiple areas of the home and efficiently work with the needs of a contemporary family. By consolidating these highly specific programs to a center strip, the primary rooms can be hung on either side