villa savoye

“I decided to trace the beginnings of our age via architecture. Pushing my old large-format camera’s focal length out to twice-infinity―with no stops on the bellows rail, the view through the lens wasan utter blur―I discovered that superlative architecture survives, however dissolved, the onslaught of blurred photography. Thus I began erosion-testing architecture for durability, completely melting away many of the buildings in the process.”

-Hiroshi Sugimoto

srasamua  asked:

so for my final project for uni i decided to make an study on stilt houses focusing on the enviroment they are buit and whether or not they are good for the climate they are Inserted (in my case im gonna talk about the amazonian environment)... can you give me any references / ideas that might be useful for me? (im also thinking about doing a project for a villa made of these types of houses which is very common here).. thank you for the help and ideas you've been giving me through your blog :)

Here are some examples from around the world, traditional and contemporary. Stilt houses have been around forever not necessarily as a strategy to protect the environment but as a way to protect the house from intruders, the weather, pests and to improve air circulation. 

Palafitos in Castro in Chiloe Island

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Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier, 1931


Corbusier’s best-known building can be seen in this film, where it plays the home of one of the characters. It’s well worth visiting in person, too, though, particularly to appreciate its essential irony: the ‘Machine for Living’, which set out to eschew aesthetic concerns in favour of pure functionality, was so cold and damp that it made its original occupants ill - but it is also incredibly beautiful, poised like a spacecraft on it’s square of lawn in Poissy. (Image: Cemal Emden)