Obligatory, Semester 2, ECTS: 8
WEEKEND HOUSE [PROSTHESIS 2]: SECTION, PROGRAM, INTERPRETATIVE MODEL
During the 2nd semester of architectural studies, we introduce and at the same time focus on three fundamental representational tools concerning composition, perception and interpretation in design: section, compilation of the design program, interpretative model making.
Through this process, the students commence to develop insight and skills on spatiality, and materiality by understanding architecture in terms of living patterns and habits.
We are interested in highlighting the importance of the relationship between human subjects and the objects they use: the way they find, remodel and reuse objects and spaces.
As a case study we use a small house, designed and inhabited by the architect/designer. After studying Le Corbusier’s Cabanon and Eileen Gray’s E1027, during the last four years, focusing on modernity, we shifted our attention towards a different context by examining Alison and Peter Smithsons’ Upper Loan Pavilion built between1959-1962. We consider these emblematic houses as built manifestos on seasonal living.
The students are asked to design a weekend house by the sea, presenting varied programs and spatial patterns based on seasonal changes and their effect on indoor/outdoor living.
[Official Journal of the European Union, L 255/47, Architectural Education, points 1,2,3,5,6]
The students are also asked to create a short video of outdoor activities at seaside summer houses in the area of Mount Pelion.
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