In 1980, German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers took part in a competition for a prototypal solar house to develop on a large scale in the community … [Read more...]
Walls as Rooms
A wall might be a structure which provides security and sometimes carries the weight of a roof to form a shelter. A wall can divide an interior and an exterior, lead the movements inside a building or may materialize a border, divide two properties or even, - physically and symbolically -, become a barrier between two different regions. In some cases an enlarged enclosure may host a space in itself: the inhabitable wall hides an ambiguous domain within its thickness, an interstitial area on the brink between two conditions: inside and outside.
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Mostly built between the 12th and the 20th centuries, the Tulou are large fortified buildings representing a specific and traditional housing type of … [Read more...]
A while ago we wrote about British castles and how they became an inspiration for Louis Kahn's research on "servant" and "served" spaces. A further … [Read more...]
Louis Kahn was known for his interest in Scottish Castles, by which he elaborated the distinction between 'served' and 'servant spaces', “with great … [Read more...]