Sunday, May 11, 2008

bouça, alvaro siza

bouça, alvaro siza, originally uploaded by zeneize.

My precedent project. Sorry for the modernism...but I'm an architect.

What I really love about this housing typology is the way it addresses all the layers of habitation of the traditional row house and brings different possibilities to the foreground. Siza treats each layer as a unique habitation zone and plays with layers of privacy. He does this not only vertically but horizontally in subtle moves. I see similar play in Rome's older residential quarters - which is why I am infatuated with that city.

How can Siza's layered architecture inform our approach to green design? How can artists find refuge in it and work and commune in it?

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