Course Description The course looks at a truly unusual private house whose striking form is the result of recycled aircraft components. The ‘red-tape’ hurdles that had to be overcome to get permission to use “unsuitable” building materials are described. The fruit of close collaboration between Client and architect, the project is an example of how avant-garde architectural design that sets itself apart from the conventional building canon can go hand in hand with occupant requirements of livability and spatial rationality. The course material comprises a wide series of pictures, technical drawings, a construction detail with explanatory legends and an exhaustive introductory text.
Learning Objectives After reading this article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Describe the design strategy adopted to ensure the building blends with its context.
Motivate the choice of materials used for the structural frame, and how the interior design is conducive to occupant comfort.
Explain how outer envelope and structural frame interrelate, and how this contributes to the overall esthetic.
Describe how the architectural program, final form and palette of materials are the result of client-architect collaboration.