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Open House 

The feeling of the inside stretches the skin of the outside.

Sketch by Wolf dPrix

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Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Created from an explosively drawn design. Drawn with eyes closed. Undistracted concentration, the hand as the seismograph of the feelings, the hand that will awaken the constructed space.

Wolf dPrix

Project info

The Open House has been created from an explosive sketch. Drawn with eyes closed in intense concentration; the hand acts as a seismograph, recording the feelings that the space will evoke.

It was not the details that were important at that moment, but the radiance of light and shadows, brightness and darkness, height and width, whiteness and vaulting, the view and the air.

The house – slanted body and vaulted skin – is one hundred square meters. Accessible only by a flight of stairs. The flow of energy in the drawing is translated into concrete form and structure. The building itself – resting on two points and taut – almost floats. The construction of the anchoring enables a double-glazed skin. It is protected from the sun by adjustable louvers, which can also change the lighting.

By tipping the space, a double-shelled structure arises. It is suitable for a passive energy concept, as well as any subsequent changes to the installation. There is no predetermined division of the living area. That will be decided after the completion of the house, or never: That, too, is Open Architecture.

Project insights

Location
Malibu, California, USA
Client
Private
Site area
9 000 m²
Gross floor area
190 m²
Start of planning
1983 
Construction Documents
1988 – 1989 
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Tom Bonner

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Tom Bonner

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Tom Bonner

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Tom Bonner

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