01/21/2013 § Leave a comment
The lasting lessons from this past visit to the Eames house had everything to do with what was beyond the house. The view across the Pacific Coast Highway brings with its beauty the desire to know what it was in 1949, before the build-up – decidedly unpoetic. On the property, the house is in playful dialogue with the trees, the sundappled meadow and nestled tenderly with the hill; the house makes one long for all buildings to converse so easily with their surroundings. An anecdote told to us by the present staff member I know will have lasting effect in my life since it articulates just the sort of evidence I need to confidently take the position that good architecture takes the time of stillness and play as much as the serious work of analysis.
The initial design for the house crossed this meadow; designed by Charles Eames with Eero Saarinen it was aptly named the bridge house and would have been built had the steel for its construction not been delayed due to the war effort from 1945 to 1948. By the time the steel arrived, the Eameses had “fallen in love” with the meadow and were determined to nurture the meadow with their structure, and not cross it.
11/30/2010 § Leave a comment
On the margins of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House On the margins, we find an outside space and it is magical. And it is ours.
There was glass and grass and concrete. And sky and trees. This movement was quite spontaneous and serendipitous in how Michelle follows the rather surreal form of the tree in her movements.
11/26/2010 § Leave a comment
My friends and I went to visit the Exeter Library, designed by Louis Kahn. We arrived at Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire (Live Free or Die) on one of the two weekends out of the year that the library is closed. And so, there we were, after a two hour drive. We peeked through the windows but were not satisfied. So instead we studied the exterior, including the arcade space, much better than we would have had we been able to also go inside.