Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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The vertebrate house is also mimetic; it mirrors man’s upright, axial condition. In an attempt to produce a conceptual distance between man and object, House X is nonvertebrate; to this extent, it is nonmimetic. There are no exposed linear elements - columns or beams. These are covered by solid vertical and horizontal surfaces, and further, two of the major horizontal living surfaces are void. This is a distortion of the Modern Movements preferred section - two solid horizontal planes – as well as of the houses traditional mimesis of anthropocentric man, who stands on a solid horizontal surface and “dominates” the landscape.
The specific configurations of House X can be understood initially as the juxtaposition of four squares. This configuration is only an initial analogue, a heuristic device used to approach a more complex sign condition, which in itself is only a possible approximation of the reality it signifies. In fact, the final configuration is a cumulative attempt to dissolve its own seeming connection with any initial analogue. In other words, the final plan is only a series of traces that refer, in a sense, forward to a more complex and incomplete structure rather than backward to a unitary, simple, and stable structure. It thus becomes a kind of pre-distillation of a more complex "future" condition.