Published: Friday, December 21, 2007
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View of dining area.
Words from the Designer
Casa Lasso, a 170 m2 structure, completed in 2004, is located near the small village of Trasierra in Cantabria, about 40 miles from the city of Santander. Emerging from a windswept former cornfield overlooking the Gulf of Biscay, Casa Lasso intertwines the built structure and the landscape. The structure becomes the nexus of the graceful occupation and habilitation of the site. This occupation takes the geometry of a figure 8 as it aligns itself with the site's longest diagonal and the reigning winds.
The techniques of design arise from this nexus in the landscape. The structure is composed about a series of hinges or vertical axis at the moment of crossing. These techniques defy and reject standard projective techniques such as elevations / facades in favor for a non-projective composition about the axis and the space in between. In turn, these techniques propose a new typological approach to domestic models; rather than central or lineal typologies, Casa Lasso defines a new model for cohabitation through the open quadrants of this nexus.
View of interior stair.
Perceptually, Casa Lasso relies both in the figure 8 as well as in the "quadrant / hinge" techniques. As one moves through the figure 8, it is not that there is an "architectural promenade vis-a-vis a complementary system" as much as there is a totalizing environ for perception of landscape and structure. Additionally, the "quadrant / hinge" techniques only make precise what already happens when approaching a multi-axial construct as they construct an oblique environ.
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