This project explores curvature and linework as a means to generate and control three-dimensional form.
Different formal curve languages are overlapped and create densities of lines which develop the three-dimensional logic of the building.
The project is a single family home which is layered with transparency and openings. As the density of linework varies between enclosure and aperture the house is allowed to offer both privacy and filtered views to the exterior landscape.
The landscape is also generated through linework and disruptions in a linear system. The landscape is seen as an artificialized nature that becomes a distinct object from the house while maintaining geometrical relationships to the house.
In order to activate the planar site, scripting is used to generate landscape and ground cover. A grid is first placed over the site, dividing up the ground into equal portions. Through numeric variations, these chunks are rotated and deformed in a search for a usable but engaging diagram containing both entropy and control.
In the studies a balance was sought between the overly repetitious and the overly unorganized. This produced a diagram containing a clear hierarchy of movement and rhythm that still allowed for a messiness without a total loss of control. Further detailing of the landscape is through an artificial naturalness of plants and materials.
The site is filled with vegetation as a means to soften edges, provide privacy and encourage unexpected weathering and relationships between the landscape and the house. The house itself manages to maintain its distinction while also camouflaging in the surroundings; an exotic form made approachable through the vibrancy and intricacy of nature.
Status: School Project
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Design: Keyla Hernandez, Jason Orbe-Smith
Advisor: Hernan Diaz-Alonso
SCI-Arc, 3GBX Studio, Spring 2012