The root of good architecture is a strong idea statement. After establishing the idea, the rest can follow, much like a thesis statement builds a strong essay. Recently, I was reading ArchDaily and ran across a rendering that really struck me. It’s for a new cultural center designed by Bernard Tschumi. What caught my eye was the similarity to a proposal I worked on almost a decade ago. So I delved deeper and ran across this statement:
Moreover, an articulate system of ramps permits movement, creating perspectives at varying heights each of which illustrates new ways in which the space may be understood. Adjacent to the main hall, connected by a multiplicity of pathways, are a series of laboratories, offices, the café and ancillary spaces which make up the rest of the building.
Now, at this point it really made more sense, as this was the gist of the thesis statement for my project! The form (and the rendering) are rooted in the same idea as my Infinite Museum. Interestingly, they look completely different on the exterior.
It’s great to be in such great company. Have a look at the following images by Bernard Tschumi Architects:
Versus our Infinite Museum:
“Starting with the notion of the continuos spiraling form, using three exhibit spaces flanked by circulation corridors a study of a system emerged. Rotating the central exhibit space alleviates the circulation ramps by extending the run. Then each of these plates are either rotated, mirrored or stretched to fit atop the previous generating plate.”
Every time we go to site on Venice Beach, we are amazed at the location we are so fortunate to be building in! Not only do we get to be on one of the most beautiful (and prime) beaches in the Los Angeles area, we are also in the midst of many incredible homes – designed by some great architects! We are so honored and grateful to be included amongst these historical (or soon to be) homes.
Here is a small panoramic shot of some of the great homes around us:
There are other houses up and down the beach that we did not get in the photo, but are equally as excited to be near. Just north of the panoramic is the “Venice House”, by Antoine Predock. Also north is Patrick Tighe’s “Ocean Front Walk” home.
Needless to say, we are very excited to see our two Venice Beach homes finished, side by side, in the presence of some great architecture!
This house was designed in 2008 for a young client, but unfortunately, it did not go through to construction. This happens from time to time in architecture, and we are hopeful that someday, another client will come along looking for a home like the Fold Up House.