Thursday, April 22, 2010


This first round of model-building (which took much longer than a quick set of pictures might indicate) pushed me to examine some other works than I hoped to emulate.

In my desire to create a usable, visually interesting space underneath my carpet/cave roof, I looked at a pair of works by Herzog & de Meuron.

1. M.H. de Young Memorial Museum (San Francisco, CA / Herzog & de Meuron, 2005)

The bulky, overhanging piece was particularly attractive, as were the large gaps in the roof plane (which I had toyed with in my last model iteration). I also appreciated the interior courtyards created by those gaps, and the glassed scenic overlooks.

2. Dominus Winery Estate (Napa Valley, CA / Herzog & de Meuron, 1996)

The emphasis on the natural environment highlighted in the winery project was something else I hoped to incorporate into my final design. It's punched-hole, landscape-framing portals and balcony views were inspiring.

I was also partial to this green roof by Tadao Ando, and the way it looked "punched out" of the roof plane.

3. Art Site Naoshima Annex (Kagawa, Japan / Tadao Ando, 1992)

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