Course Description The course considers a private house set beside a vineyard, a striking venture into experimental architecture. The program takes it cue from the surrounding countryside that is made to permeate the interiors. It is an important example of how architectural design can be made to meet contemporary living requirements of occupant comfort, livability and spatial usefulness and at the same time experiment with form and structural solutions. The course provides a broad description of the project through a series of pictures, technical drawings, a construction detail with explanatory legend, and introductory text. On completion of the course, the student will be able to describe how the design strategies second the natural context, and how plan and layout take into consideration possible future functional demands of the residents.
Learning Objectives After reading this article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Describe in detail how the architectural program dialogues harmoniously with its natural context, seconding the natural contours.
Motivate the choice of materials used for the structural frame, and how occupant comfort is achieved.
Examine the relationship between the building’s outer envelope and structural frame and how this contributes to the overall esthetic.
Demonstrate how the final program is the result of a lengthy investigation into various combinations of structural possibilities and forms to produce dynamic, fluid spatial solutions.