Monthly Archives: August 2012

Outdoor living with pool and light table.

Outdoor living with pool and light table.

Loft apartment in Copenhagen.

Loft apartment in Copenhagen.

Four eyes house by Edward Ogosta Architecture.

Location:  Coachella Valley, California.
A weekend desert residence designed by Edward Ogosta Architecture for a family and their dog, the Four Eyes House is an exercise in site-specificexperiential programming.  Rather than planning the house according to a domestic functional program, the building was designed foremost as an instrument for intensifying a number of onsite phenomenal events.

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 Four “sleeping towers” are oriented towards four spatiotemporal viewing experiences: morning sunrise to the east, mountain range to the south, evening city lights to the west, and nighttime stars overhead.  Each tower contains a compact top-floor bedroom, sized only for the bed, and each with a unique aperture directed towards the view. These bedrooms are equally-sized and unassigned, such that the family’s sleeping locations can be rotated based on each individual’s desired viewing experience. Vertical circulation within the towers is similarly particularized (e.g. ladders, spiral stair, switchback stair, or shallow-riser stair).  Ground-floor common spaces form a loose connective field between the discrete tower volumes, and offer a more permeable relationship to the landscape.
The sensations of sleeping and waking are thus inflected by the building’s foregrounding of intensified onsite experiential events.  By sleeping in a room elevated off the ground and open to the stars, one might inhabit a deep pocket of silence for a few moments, and perhaps even perceive the movement of the Earth, as it slowly rotates beneath the stars.

Abstraction Active Loft by Smoothcore Architects

Smoothcore Architects designed Abstraction Active Loft located in Paris, France.

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