Course Description The course describes and compares the design of three houses in southern California. All three were designed as prototypes, intended to reflect contemporary practice, in which the use of steel contributed to creating large volumes, precision, and fast construction times. Emblematic of contemporary architecture, the buildings fit harmoniously in their natural setting while also respecting the environment. After analyzing the technical drawings, images, construction details and explanatory text, the student will be able assess how relationships were established between interiors and exteriors, how the houses reflect contemporary practice in terms of livability and usability, and how the design and layout of the functions of a home can be altered in relation to the needs of its users.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Analyze the materials used to construct the homes, including sunshading, finishes, and structural materials in terms of earthquake resistance, and evaluate the comfort levels of the various rooms in terms of their functional aspects.
Examine the design features of the projects in terms of quality living standards and the measures adopted to ensure security when unoccupied, and fire prevention.
Describe the measures taken so that the homes blend harmoniously into their striking natural settings. Discuss how the architects approached the relationship between interior and exterior.
Describe the concept behind the architecture and how the design of interior spaces was influenced by the use of steel.