House in three acts
House in three acts takes place in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, developed in collaboration with Brandon Vickers.
The structure emerges to accommodate the different needs of a family over its lifespan. The project’s goal is to respond to the deteriorating structure of the family and react to stimulate interactive behaviors within the family structure.
In the first stage, the house borrows its organizational logic from its neighbor Neutra house to establish the convention of a family dwelling.
In the second stage, the family structure loses its hierarchy, dissolving, and splitting. The house is forced to reconfigure itself as the father moves to the front of the house and the rest of the family remains in the back portion producing an alteration to the conventions of circulation in family houses. This process results in the structure having to fronts, one in each street, and two main entrances as the parcel and the family subdivide. Each space is repurposed, and mutilation takes place in the middle of the house creating an interstitial decaying environment which doesn’t belong to either of the fragments.
The rupture of the original into two severed half houses requires additional parts to allow them to function independently; the strands provide a structural webbing for the parts. The family house becomes highly detailed and clean, while the front suffers an accelerated decay reflecting the narrative of the family dysfunctionality.
The decay in the house becomes indexical of its history; it accelerates it. The materials are predisposed to this acceleration, to decay as a design technique, to the ritual of designing the deterioration, the breakage, the mutilation of the original scheme