architecture, collision, etc.
... playing with 3-D CAD models of Villa Savoye and Maison l'Homme...
Le Corbusier's two houses are similar in scale, yet they differ substantially in style. Where the whole house is raised on pilotis at Villa Savoye, it is the roof only that is raised at Maison l'Homme. Looking at the houses side by side, one is tempted to speculate as to the meaning of this shift in domestic paradigm, especially when considering that Villa Savoye is one of Le Corbusier's earlier houses and that Maison l'Homme is the last Le Corbusier house to be built.
To accentuate their differences, the two buildings are rotated and moved until they collide.
Does the violent merger of two excellent buildings necessarily generate an undesirable architecture?
A mitosis begins.
Maison l'Homme is increased in scale by a factor of 1.5.
Villa Savoye is increased in scale by a factor of 1.5 in the x direction, 1.75 in the y direction, and 2 in the z direction.
Villa Savoye is further distorted and rotated 30 degrees on the x axis, 20 degrees on the y axis, and 10 degrees on the z axis--part of the building disappears below the ground plane.
Maison l'Homme is then changed in scale by a factor of 4 in the x direction, 2 in the y direction, and .6 in the z direction.
Once more the scale of Villa Savoye is changed by a factor of 2 in the x direction, 4 in the y direction, and 1.2 in the z direction.
The plan and elevations of the new "building" are shown below and provide an interesting contrast to the original plan and perspectives of this series.