Architecture Design Option Studio ⎯ The Masonry House

This studio was built around two of the fundamental questions of architecture:

  • How do we build?
  • How do we live?

How do we build?

The studio explored the notion of craft with a focus on masonry.

Case study: Sigurd Lewerentz’s St. Peter’s Church in Klippan, Sweden — a building that celebrates brick, demonstrates the profound understanding of construction of its architect, and is therefore full of mistakes or inventions depending on one’s point of view. The studio analyzed this building at the beginning of the semester.

Design method: Built models with wooden/composite building blocks (scale 1:10 to 1:1) throughout entire design process.

How do we live?

The studio also studied ways of inhabiting a masonry house.

Case study: Glass house is not merely a material/construction type but an architectural position that has created the concept of transparency and changed the way we perceive space and the relationship between architecture and landscape. Ever since the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, the ideas embedded in glass house have reinterpreted, expanded, or challenged by generations of architects.The studio showed two examples of recent glass houses: Michael Bell’s Gefter Press House in New York State and FCJZ’s Vertical Glass House in Shanghai.

A guest house or single-room hotel for visiting artist(s)/architect(s), one person or a couple, for the West Bund Biennale in Shanghai, the same as the Vertical Glass House. Size: 100 square meters. This is a special facility that simultaneously serves as a private residential quarters and a public art exhibition.

Site: West Bund, Shanghai