Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Schindler House


Rudolf Schindler was an Austrian architect who left his country in order to start a new life in Los Angeles. Eight years after his arrival he began to design and build this house which would make him famous.


The house was designed for two couples with a shared kitchen and a guest room. It's so important to be aware of this as the building is divided into two zones, each arranged around its own courtyard but providing a coherent architecture for the house as a whole

A slab made of reinforced concrete forms an artificially raised ground plane above the garden where there is space for growing vegetables. Furthermore, the 'curtain wall' element of the design, which runs around the house, enhances the quality of the light.





The Schindler House was built with prefabricated elements wherever possible. In situations where prefabrication was not possible a simulation of prefabrication was used. An example would be the slab of reinforced concrete which was made on site because a prefabricated slab could not be moved by a single person.

From Jean Prouve 'It achieves its elegant effect through the repetitive use of prefabricated metal elements. He conceived a simple system of aluminium wall and roof panels'.


or how about ... 'The doors are made from sheet aluminium and are the height of the building. The wall panels are faced with the same material on either side without differentiating between (sin distinciĆ³n entre) the interior and exterior spaces. The alternating use of fixed and sliding panels and the visible trusses are the only mediators of this open and flexible space.'

All you need to do is change metal for wood.


The structure consists of is drawn with them which let the entrance of light between them thanks to their modulation, and the rest is built with timber. There is not any material that is used to clad, all of them are working as their real function.


As a result of all of these things, this house is drawn in plan as a rare form that is more interesting than it looks like at the beginning, because it allows three different ways of going into the place in order to access any part of the site without going across another and what it is more important, the domination of the whole site. This is one long sentence and very confusing.

The pan of the house is more interesting than it looks at first glance. It allows three different ways of entering the building which never cross each other More importantly, it respects the site , 'defining space rather than occupying space'.



Esteban 

SCHINDLER’S HOUSE

Rudolf Schindler was an Austrian architect who left his country in order to start a new life in Los Angeles. Eight years after his arrival he began to design and built this house which will make him famous.

The house was design for two couples with a shared kitchen and a guest room, it’s so important being aware of this, because this built is divided and every part dominates a piece of space into the site, allowing the house dominates the whole space of the place.

One slab made of reinforced concrete built the first floor,that is risen above the garden due to the fact that in the garden there is a space used for growing vegetables, furthermore this elevation draws a plan, which joint with the flat roof, improve the quality of the light into the house.

Schindler’s house was built with prefabricated material or a simulation of them, because it was erect by self-building. An example of a prefabricated material simulation is the panel of reinforced concrete which was made on site because a prefabricated panel cannot be moved by a single person. The structure is drawn with them which let the entrance of light between them thanks to their modulation, and the rest is built with timber. There is not any material that is used to clad, all of them are working as their real function.

As a result of all of these things, this house is drawn in plan as a rare form that is more interesting than it looks like at the beginning, because it allows three different ways of going into the place in order to access any part of the site without going across another and what it is more important, the domination of the whole site.

1 comment:

  1. A good effort Esteban, your description draws attention to one of the less famous case study houses. The problem is translating from Spanish, and not controlling the number of ideas in a sentence. These long sentences are impossible to follow.

    At first glance 'Maison Tropical' may not have many similarities, but read it again, keeping the Schindler House in mind and you hardly need to change a word. It's even raised off the ground like the Schindler House.

    On a more positive note, the images are excellent, and it is difficult to describe a building with such a complex spatial hierarchy.

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