August 2018

hejduk
Michael Meredith

generally lacked story action, crisis or ending
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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.

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