A highly sophisticated and playful building, this semi-detached house plays on the looseness of its suburban context by making willful moves in volume and facade. Robert Venturi’s ‘witty mannerism’ is a precedent for the game being played out on the elevation, compositionalrules are set and broken;
"The main facades are based on a three-bay window configuration, while the windows of the lateral facades are ordered around a single central axis. This formed the fundamental framework, providing a general sense of order, to be manipulated and distorted by specific, local moves."
A chimney and dormer window adorn this house giving it a familiar domestic appearance whilst in contrast the windows of the front facade lend it an unnerving appearance.
The ground floor window is flush with the facade whilst above the recessed terrace and protruding corner window each have a different relationship with the smooth surface of the facade and a tense asymmetrical relationship with one another.
Hermann Czech -
Apartment building Petrusgasse, Vienna, Austria, 1989
A somewhat strange apartment building for a housing collective of young professionals. Each tenant decided the size and position of their windows individually and along with the two tones of brickwork this lends the facade a playful and arbitrary character. The building sits on ‘pilotis’ and the large television aerial is a nod to pop culture.