The house is designed as a passage. It has no front facade, only a front
door, 4 feet wide and 18 feet high. Beyond the door, the passage forks in
plan and section. One half deviates to the right, ascending to the living
area on the way to the picture window and view. The other half remains
level and deviates to the left, feeding the private spaces on the way to
the view. The house is simply a door that leads to a window: physical entry
to optical departure. It's a retreat from "artifice" to "nature"--
artifice, being the city (or culture operating at its most apparent), to
"nature," the view (culture operating at its utmost subtlety).
Liveness suggests the unmediated, the real. Mediated, on the other hand, suggests the compromised, the degenerated, the filtered, even the tampered with and doctored. This project was meant to question: is the view any more real through the picture window than on the video screen? Is it any more live? Is it more alive? Is it any less mediated? We think not.
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