AP145.S2.D1 Texas Houses
These are the beginning of Hejduk’s work as I know it, where the architecture displays a sort of self-consciousness. His work before the Texas houses looks like the standard production of Harvard GSD graduates of the time: somewhere between Gropius and Breuer . . . and surprisingly professional.
John Hejduk. Sketches with annotations for Texas Houses, 1954-1963. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0054:015
John Hejduk. Plan for Texas House 1, 1954-1963. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0047:003:001
John Hejduk. Plan for Texas House 2, 1954-1963. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0048:002:002
John Hejduk. Plan with notes for Texas House 5, 1954-1963. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0051:001
John Hejduk. Plan for Texas House 5, 1954-1963. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0051:017
A. There is a ghostly quality to the drawings—gridded compositions on a scaffolding of faded lines.
B. The games are played out in plan.
C. Beautiful working drawings that are a combination of drafting and hand-drawn.
D. Drawn on vellum. (Probably can’t buy this anymore; check Amazon.)
E. No. 5 (Favorite). Best living spaces, subtle.
F. Better in plan than elevation, probably will upset someone by saying that.
G. Notes like “Explosion” on sketches, “Mondrian,” “Composition,” “Mozart,” “Perfect/Symmetry-Asymmetry, Center Lines, Expanding Diagonal Square, 5 Squares,” “breakthru- Mies (illegible)” He writes breakthru from time to time on his drawings, which seems a little odd to me, maybe written after the fact.
H. Color and Material seem interchangeable in a way.
I. Texas House 5 the furniture are integrated and in a way become the critical elements of architectural composition.
J. Beautiful collection of pen ink smudges on some of the drawings.