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House of a Neatnik

This premise explores the design potential of someone who is very tidy and neat. There are two essential implications for the accommodation of this personality trait.  One is the provision of  adequate storage to ensure proper compartmentalization of all items of domesticity be they critical or frivolous. The other is is the removal of most items so spaces are pared to their most minimal essences; spaces are left stark and clean – this is a common trait in many modern interior.

                                                                                                                                 

Winter Garden Apartments

A large residential complex sent in downtown Aomori, Japan, a town in the far north with a reputation for snow accumulation.  The building spirals up from ground level five stories allowing pedestrian use of the roof sculpture garden.  The structure forms shaped buildings reminiscent of snow drifts which encloses two glass covered courtyards for use even through cold winter months.

House of an Extravert

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An idea exercise to consider qualities and aspects of a house designed for an Extravert – a gregarious, exhibitionistic socialite. A playful symbol for this concept is a bedroom in a fishbowl and the simple parti for the house is a circular glass house. Inspirations are drawn from peacocks, the panopticon and social gatherings.  This project initiated a detailed study of glass and glazing as a building material best suited for visibility and the idea of transparencies. Though not easily fabricated, glass can be used for furnishings and flooring.  Glazing though mainly for light and views from within also provide views from without and the public aspect of a home is a part of every house design.

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  This post is a counterpart of House of a Hermit.

House of a Hermit

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An idea exercise to consider qualities and aspects of a house designed for a Hermit –  an introvert with primary interest in privacy, seclusion and security. The approach starts with a simple concrete bunker with a defensive profile and limited views.  Inspiration is drawn from spiral shells, mushrooms, bunkers and lighthouses. The project initiated greater examination into concrete as a building material best suited for concealment and construction below grade. Ideas of privacy and security are integral to every house design.

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This post is a counterpart to House of an Extravert.

House of a Genius

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An idea exercise to consider qualities and aspects of a house designed for a genius – someone endowed with greater mental capacity and understanding. The approach is able to employ configurations and details of high complexity and complications. The chinese puzzle shown above demands exploration and intelligence to even open.  The architecture can sponsor greater interaction and patience on the part of the occupant.  A user does not necessarily need to be a genius, but the idea of special knowledge and complex usage requiring practiced manipulation can be an interesting factor in the design of a house.

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This post is a counterpart of House of a Dummy.

House of a Dummy

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An idea exercise to consider qualities and aspects of a house designed for a dummy (not meant to be derogatory), someone mentally limited or challenged or even just speaks a differing language. The approach is to look towards architecture that guides and secures the occupant as well as simplifies all the aspects of house design for easy use and even construction.  Safety and navigation become important elements.  The basic plan below identifies room functions with pictogrammatic icons.

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house pictoAbove images illustrate simple design and construction, with easy functioning elements, GHS safety signs, manipulative spaces (fish trap), wayfinding graphics, simple design drawings (connect the dots house), simple connections (velcro blow-up) and basic layouts to facilitate duplication.  Not just for dummies, simplicity and ease of use are sometimes important aspects to any house design.  This post is the counterpart of House of a Genius.

House of a Sadist

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An idea exercise to consider qualities and aspects of a house designed for a Sadist (noun sa·dism \ˈsā-ˌdi-zəm, ˈsa-\: enjoyment that someone gets from being violent or cruel or from causing pain). The approach is a simple one with a sharp painful exterior and a padded cushioned interior.

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Set in a rural context.

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This design playfully utilizes the idea of a sea urchin as a house.  Key considerations include exterior hardware with protective and defensive qualities contrasted with interior details of upholstery and padding for comfort.  Though illustrated in extreme here, these aspects are part of every house design.  This post is a counterpart to House of a Masocist.

House of a Masocist

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An idea exercise to consider the qualities of a house designed for a masocist (noun mas·och·ism \ˈma-sə-ˌki-zəm, ˈma-zə- also ˈmā-\. : enjoyment of pain : pleasure that someone gets from being abused or hurt).  The approach is a simple one of an exterior inviting abuse with an interior of hard course edges.

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Set in an urban context among rowhouses.

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The design playfully utilizes the idea of a punching bag as a house. Key considerations include the incorporation of soft exterior components as well as hard crystalline interior elements.  This post is a counterpart to House of a Sadist.

Powerbench

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This unique bench utilizes thin flexible photovoltaic cells to constantly charge an array of batteries hidden in the base which in turn provide power for devices such as laptops, tablets and phones through outlets in the center of the seating area. The PV cells are placed and protected below clear silicone cushions that form the seating area of the bench. The PV and cushions are organized in a semi-hexagonal pattern of cells and each cell is supported by a shock absorber connecting back to a single steel frame bridge resting on four tapered feet.

This bench does not require power itself and can be placed virtually anywhere seating and device power are needed. It can also be configured to a variety of sizes and heights from a single stool to a day bed.

MCI Kiosk

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Longhouse

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Lighthouse

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Kitchen

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Georgia Cafe

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Court House

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Coclico

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Blockhouse

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Beachhouse

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