August 2018

hejduk
Michael Meredith

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AP145.S2.D31 Wall Houses

These have always been my favorite Hejduk projects, even as a student. . . A friend who worked for Hejduk told me that he would tell those in his office to take a detail from Mies or Corb or whomever and lightly draw it. Then Hejduk would draw over this redrawing, change it.


John Hejduk. Collaged site plan for Wall House, 1968-1974. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0081:043


John Hejduk. Sketches and annotations for Wall House, 1968-1974. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0081:035


John Hejduk. Sketches with annotations for Wall House, 1968-1974. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0081:031


John Hejduk. Plan with sketches for Wall House 3, 1968-1974. John Hejduk fonds, CCA. DR1998:0079:002:005

A. Plans become elevations and sections; the square frame of the plan becomes a wall.

B. There is something a little tragic about these houses. All the rooms and shapes feel more isolated, more removed than in the earlier houses.

C. The colors shift away from primaries. Now there are pinks, grays, browns, greens. . . .

D. Rooms and shapes are just placed there, as items on a physical list—one thing after another, a still life of rooms and architectural elements.

E. “Break Thru—Fresh, Very Fresh” “Total Condition”

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