January 2, 2013
Craig Ellwood’s weekend house follows up on the development of the likewise not built Chamorro house from 1962. Designed as a steel bridge (house) as a standard type for repeated use, it anticipates the 1970-75 built Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Associate Gerald Horn designed the structure as a Pratt truss contruction, encasing the inwards offset glazing.
Leaving the steel construction undisguised the project marks a return to Ellwood’s earlier phase of nonsensualism.
For this set vertically pronounced and spindly trees were chosen to underline the orientation of the scene. The two steelbeams covering ground and ceiling emphazise the horizontal orientation. The border between inside and outside seems almost removed.
By reducing the environmental detail and general materials the view is directed to and sharpened for the design.
Clay render view of the interior scene.
above: view from entrance on living space with dining area
left: seaside facing facade with living area to the front
above: sundown situation, at front right bedroom with sanitary block
left and below: nightview on countryside facing facade