Leon Krier

Housing for La Villette     Paris


Domestic Museum   2381

houses under a common roof   3250

Osmosis and Electro-Magnetism: an Outside Inside Architecture
...a comparative analysis of Maison l'Homme and Houses Under a Common Roof and Krier's curvy housing at La Villette.

scale and architecture
...collection of house models: Villa Savoye, Villa Garches, Villa Stein de Monzie, Wall House 2, Housing for La Villette, Houses Under a Common Roof, Gooding House, Maison l'Homme, Maison Dom-ino

scale and architecture
...the extra/separate roof element to add scale to the house: Houses Under a Common Roof, Maison l'Homme, Housing for La Villette.

gallery 1999
La Villette Housing marching through the Dominican Motherhouse site.

2008.12.31 09:38
pragmatists turning political?
The concluding 'Architecture' section of Aureli's "Toward the Archipelago" begins with:
"Let's immediately state that today's iconic building--the building that affirms its own singular presence through the appearance of its image, and that today constitutes one of the primary expressions of architectural culture at the scale of the city--cannot be a valid part of the city. Putting aside moral problems, issues of taste, and the gratuitous character of their forms, the iconic building cannot be considered an exemplary part of the city because its economic principle is to be unique and nonrepeatable."
This may well be what spurred Zaera-Polo's "The Politics of the Envelope".
[What works for me is...] Mixing Aureli's "The political ... indicates the possibility of conflict and as such calls for its resolution" and Zaera-Polo's "For architecture ... to convey that tendencies in the articulation of the building envelope capture the new political affects, to communicate that certain manipulations of the ground and the roof indicate the politicization of nature, or to explain the breakdown of the correlation between interior and exterior and private and public, are legitimate political performances."
Are ZP's categories of the envelope an attempt at repeatable icons?

brise-soleil: the politics of sun breaking
--Le Corbusier
--Kahn at Philadelphia Psychiatric
--Venturi at Frankfurt Arts & Crafts

houses under a common/detached roof
-- Plecnik
-- Le Corbusier
-- Krier at La Villette

osmotic architecture
-- Pantheon
--Versailles Hall of Mirrors
-- Altes Museum
-- Kimbell Art Museum

hyper envelopes of UN Studio
--Arnheim Central
--Architecture Faculty Venice
--Music Faculty Graz

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