4x4 House - by Tadao Ando
This house was originally designed for a competition and then built for a client. It was designed to sit on the shore-side and face the ocean, allowing viewing through an extremely large window. Amazingly, after the first building was completed, the client requested a second building to be built beside it.
The house’s most noticeable feature is the cube that sticks out of the upper floor; in the most spatial sense, it becomes two volumes that are intersecting each other. However, the intersection is not fully realized in the interior because it is merely one combined space. That doesn’t stop it from implying the boundaries, though; the result is a series of similar ambiguous questions about the space: is it two intersecting volumes, three separate interlocking volumes, or just one space, unified by the purpose of that room?
Tadao Ando also works extensively with light; his concrete structures will often cast either emotive shadows or beautiful gradient light. The same goes for the 4x4 House: provided you have a shade mod installed that allows for the dynamic input of sunlight, you will find that the morning sun floods into the floors from one side, especially illuminating the top floor. The noon sun is blocked by the roof, and allows for a relaxing shaded rest. The evening sun streams through the clerestory window on the western side, which throws a soft, reddening glow on the interior.
Throughout the course of the day, the staircase is lit by the sun; the slitted windows at the side also does the same. The windows all provide a vertical dadum that lines the entire house and can imply cutting lines. The material of the house, platform, and wall is made of stone; the other is made of darker materials like obsidian and the such. The lighter building features a center line of darker material on the side where the darker building has a lighter material line down its side. Wood is used in the interiors to provide a soft contrast to the bluntness of the stone material. The middle portions of the roof is made of half-slabs to emphasize the square plan from above.
Have fun building!
Also, my friend, Duhtee, is starting up a channel to post videos that would display some really nice Minecraft architecture! You should totally go check him out.
Duhtee’s Youtube Channel
4x4 House - info
Height: 12 blocks
Width: 7+ blocks
Length: 7+ blocks
As always, message me if you have questions or want more specific details.
Also, -other work-