Pierre, are you involved with this, because it reminds me an awful lot
Specifically, check out #3 and #7 under the Jellyfish House heading:
It's also in Dwell magazine's April edition, page 64 (Canadian issue).
It certainly does, almost a direct copy, if with an obfuscation via a
"skin", an apparent dimple, and nudge sideways of a floor.
For the Villa, the designer/s is/are Dutch, and you are/were the
What did you have to do with the design if anything? If nothing; given
the Jellyfish house, have/would you somehow incorporate the Villa's
floor-to-wall concept into your own "vernacular"?
Incidentally, I particularly liked, or at least it was salient, what
appeared to be the stair or bare spiral detailing of one of the pics
you posted last Feb..
As I may have mentioned here around 2004 when you posted some info/
pics on the Villa, I had designed a (three-legged) table awhile back
for a design class, where its surface spiraled to become a leg.
I never thought of the design in a whole house context, in part
because I'm not an architect :) but I did have thoughts after the
first prototype, of persuing the concept further and making a table
where it "cracked" in the middle and where each half then spiralled
(downward in the middle) around each's fulcrum to become a leg each. I
thought it might be cool to apply this incarnation of the concept to a
house. You could put a lovely stairwell right in the middle of the two
spirals. I envision the idea being expressed with wood and industrial
bolts as the spiral fulcrums, though, and left exposed unlike the
Sometime this week I'll do and post a quick model and render of what
I'm talking about.
Initially, my involvement was to be Construction Manager on the owner's
behalf so as to oversee the construction bid and contract to be the "liason"
with the designers in the Netherlands, their *partner* in the US (who did
all the detailing), and the Project Architect in New York who basically just
"rubber stamped the CD's" for approvals and permit. Afterwards, the owner
felt that he would prefer that I be employed as a consultant by the GC as
part of the construction contract (a decision he still regrets - it removed
my representing him rather than the GC). Still later, I superceded the
Project Architect to take over the Contract Administration when it became
clear that the owner had only hired him to review and stamp the CD's
(another indication that even though the owner was about to spend a million+
on a house, he was being cheap on services). In the end, the owner's
indecisions and penny pinching led to a 3 year struggle to get the thing
completed as one delay after another took place. But hey, what matters is
is finally got done...
Very little other than to work on some of the detailing, building location
and some of the landscape design and planning.
That building looked dozens of times better when it was naked and all bones.
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