Often times when someone outside the architecture realm finds out that you are studying architecture, the first thing that comes out of their mouth falls within the lines of "so... does that mean you are going to make houses someday?” At first glance, the idea of "making a house" seems like a simple idea. We've all live in a home of one form or another, so we all have an idea of what a simple home is comprised of. But ask anyone who has experienced the hardships of a housing studio and they can tell you right off the bat that it is not as simple as it seems. The intensity of the process that goes hand in hand with housing design has gone as far as job refusals in some firms and self-inflicted-hair-pulling/money-loss/lawsuits in others. It has taken us two years of designing everything-but-a-house to prepare for this studio and we’ve all been waiting to hone our space planning abilities to create these “dream homes”.
Lucky for us architecture students in Southern California, we are within close proximity to many housing precedents.Some of these Los Angeles Homes include housing designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Rudolph Schindler. Last week, we had a chance to visit the Mackey Apartments, designed by Rudolph Schindler and renovated by my instructor this semester, Michael Ferguson