My Father was a lawyer. Nevertheless, he communicated me, his architect son, every small but interesting thoughts on space. I, however, never paid real attention to said ideas; Not to explore them, at least. I remember once he told me about a door-less house he had imagined: “I have always thought about a door-less house; One where you could find privacy without closing a door and find family without opening one”. Impossible, I thought right away. “How could I go to the Bathroom?”, was the first naïve question that eliminated the possibility of such a home from my mind. I was a first-year student, and I couldn’t be thinking about such nonsense.
Is there a way to satisfy different needs with a single architectural approach?
Some time ago I had the opportunity to present an entry for a 5-home design contest. The task consisted in designing the group of single-family houses, according to specific necessities and users. A common approach would be to plan each project separately. Another, thinking about each house as a unique element of a whole that has aesthetic language as a connecting theme. These lead to the question: Is there a step further? Is there a way to satisfy different needs with a single architectural approach? The formal solution to the problem was the creation of a basic module that contained all “rigid” program of a house: kitchen, bathroom, stairs. The result was a rigid, but compact package; Something like an architectonic swiss army knife.
Part 2 : Gradient
Even though Gradient is an inherent concept on architecture, it possesses an importance that is not considered constantly: Its application often involves gratuitous sets of absolute opposites that do not interact nor complement each other. Dualities in design; inside, outside; private, public; object, space; Are treated as incorruptible truths that cancel each other out. This creates buildings that have a mutilated content and a lack of mutual potentiation of the parts that make the whole. The value of a unified whole is far greater than the value of its parts by themselves.
The Architecture Biennale is an important time to think about the depth of what we design: New ideas that are key for us to define the future of the creative process are brought to our attention in a time where the fusion between human life and its experience through space is imminent. Today, a “millenial” generation demands for unique qualities of space that are only produced with a new approach on architecture.
Design Process is often fun. Nevertheless, we reach situations where space is tight: We want to fix a lot of function in very little square footage. In other cases, budget is what is tight, and we can´t seem to find a way to save money. What I call “The Marseille trick” almost always helps me when I get caught in these problems. Also, spatially, the trick can make an otherwise boring project into something pretty interesting.