Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA 2010

1957 Purdue Avenue
Instructor: Ben Refuerzo


1957 Purdue Avenue
Ben Refuerzo
UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design

The design for this house explores domestic life through the physical interaction of materially and structurally contrasting figures; one exhibits massiveness and the other lightness.

The massive central core is a heavy solid volume which shapes the living space of the house - only lit by a Palladian oculus - and the rest of the house wraps around the core and rests delicately on the massive base. The light steel frame allows the lighter volume to be registered as a solid figure to juxtapose the central mass.

Although the contrast is stark in material, the relationship between the two bodies is made
ambiguous as access - visual and circulatory - is restricted. Each figure can only feel the other.