Home is a Four Letter Word
The project puts forward a new live-work housing prototype for artists and workers in the industrial neighborhood of Dogpatch. By reorganizing domestic functions into a highly specific cabinet of living and labor, a generic character of the home is reclaimed. Through the reinvention of the bathroom as a social bathing room, a conventionally private space is made the spatial and social link for the residents. Shared, unassigned bedrooms further challenge the residents through the necessity of mutual vulnerability. Storage becomes the only personal space.
Theory Through Objects
Building from Harmon’s interpretation of Lovecraft’s method of writing, this object attempts to produce a hybridization of forms only alluding to its sense of the whole. Organized around a series of false privileged views, materials, image and form unite these fragments by merging distorted idiosyncratic parts. In effect, the image of the Venturi House or the forms of the Villa Savoye and the Farnsworth House, which begin to emerge from particular viewings, only reveal an alternate fragment; exposing the gaps between perception and reality (architecture and representation). This linkage is therefore simultaneously fusing and scattering its qualities; constantly denying a coherent understanding.
Visualization IV: Tower House
Hastily, this artefact is constructed. Bridging between the sad realities of a broken family and the fantastical desire to escape it, in the eyes of Roberto, this drawing comes to life. His family home, designed by Mario Botta, was not constructed on the hill above Riva; instead, it is deep under the sea. As the family drowns in their own obsessions, the world around him submerges; drenched in imagination.
Architectural Design: New Haven Test
The Domestic Hearth as the symbol and identity of the domestic life is in a state of transition. The ubiquity of mass social media has created a condition where the digital identity of the individual is gaining dominance over the physical collective engagement. The daily routine of getting ready and getting un-ready has also created a condition where the hearth, once a point of convergence for the family and community, must now be challenged to engage a more global context through our new state of individuality.
The minimal dwelling attempts to unite the functional, social and spiritual necessities into a modern day domestic space that looks toward itself as it seeks a larger global, digitally connected context.
Architectural Design: Reduction and Recombination
Constructed as a hand-held viewing device, this proto-architectural construct arrays all aspects of domestic life around an absent core allowing for a series of concentric informational layers. This viewing device attempts to combine through a series of contemporary viewing frames (iPad, iPhone, thumbnail) the fragments of identities that make up an individual and their domestic spaces Each frame captures an instance of domestic life that helps define one’s identity. Like an inverted Panopticon, the frames can capture all aspects of domestic life, filtered, framed and layered with information both relevant and frivolous; defining ones identity.
Visualization II: The City of Elspeth
Another sliding structure gives way; the pylons crack and buckle, releasing another fragment of cityscape into the sky. Shattered streets glisten in the light. Wrenched earth floats overhead. Fissures form under the intense pressure of the rippling impacts. Buildings crash in a simultaneous event of fusion and fracture. The slices and deep cuts expose their hollowness. The story of two worlds violently colliding is all that remains of the city of Elspeth as its fragments tell of its historic cataclysm. Forever on the brink of disaster, the two distinct worlds once separate and independent now remain trapped in a symphony of union with strange relics melting together and coincidently falling apart. Fragments of each world combine to create a place filled with movement and complexity. Its people navigate this fluid remnant world without sorrow or nostalgia. Regulated by its own clockwork, the city can never again be. There is comfort here.
Sforza Chapel and Chigi Chapel, Michelangelo and Raffaello