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The roof plan becomes the paving pattern of the ground level/courtyard...


2013.02.13 14:13
13 February
After three and a half years, I finally got around to generating some 3D renditions of Courthouse Plus Ultra:



Courthouse Plus Ultra is a [re]combination of Mies van der Rohe's 1934 Courthouse with Garage and John Hejduk's 1966-70 House 15*--the composite of an introverted and an extroverted house. [OMA's Maison Bordeaux sometimes reminds me of the Courthouse with Garage with the Villa Savoye on top.] The axonometrics of Courthouse Plus Ultra remind me of Libeskind's student collage extrusions.

"The 1934 project for a court house with a garage presents a startling innovation. ...but in this design two sweeping segments of circles are used to disrupt a rectangular composition. ... On it Mies juxtaposes positive and negative intervals, counter-movements and distortions, admitting to architecture a kind and quality of space not normally considered appropriate to it. It is difficult to imagine how space could be used in a more painterly way, or how it could be made to contrast more expressively with a rational, measured structure.
As the court house with a garage might almost have derived from the painting of Kandinsky..."
Arthur Drexler, 1960
*In Five Architects it is labeled House 10, 1966. In the May 1975 A+U magaizine focused on the work of Hejduk it is labeled House 15, 1967-70. In both cases, the Idea-Concept is given as Horizontal Extension, Hypotenuse, Three-quarter figure, Point-line-plane-volume, Bio-morphic-bio-technic, Structure, Time, Projection.
The forthcoming On Top of Courthouse with Garage Series:
Villa Savoye on top of Courthouse with Garage
Villa Savoye on top of Courthouse Plus Ultra
Stoner Food Restaurant on top of Courthouse with Garage
Stoner Food Restaurant on top of Courthouse Plus Ultra
Headquarters of D.A.T.A. on top of Courthouse with Garage
Headquarters of D.A.T.A. on top of Courthouse Plus Ultra

2009.02.13 08:24
pragmatists turning political?
Is any of what you wrote above closely related to "architecture as delivery of content"?
imaginative
scientific
fictive
Are there architectures that perform assimilatingly? metabolically? osmotically? electro-magnetically? ultra-frequently?
per..........form
re..........present
re..........enact
ars ludi

2004:

[This] evening Philadelphia was witness to a great 100' to 150' column of fire. Ten minutes before 5 o'clock a small crew of water workers at the intersection of Olney and Ogontz Avenues (about 2.5 miles directly west from where I live) accidentally broke open a 20" gas main, and within a half minute there erupted an enormous explosion resulting in a tremendously powerful vertical jet of flame. Miraculously, no one was injured, and after four hours the pressure within the gas main was shut off, and the column of fire was gone.


Biblical proportions, even.
...spent the better part of [this] afternoon (just across the street from the now derelict Lynnewood Hall, which was once just as grand as the Manor House in the movie) at Our Lady of Prouille, the quondam Elstowe, estate of the Elkins Family, now a retreat house run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci. I had the good fortune of speaking with Sister Caroline who is now in charge of the place. We even discussed Louis Kahn's unexecuted design for a Motherhouse which the Sisterhood had commissioned.

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