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Plexiglass Model

HOUSE II
1969-1970
Hardwick, Vermont

House II is situated on a 100-acre hilltop with broad panoramic are completely supporting the house independently, or
views extending for twenty miles in three directions. The one system is only a sign of support. In this redundancy an
design attempts to simulate the presence of trees, which architectural sign is created: each systems function is to
are nonexistent on the barren hilltop, through the use of a signify its own lack of function.
sequence of columns and walls. The columns and walls frame
the view at the same time as they provide a transition from the House II sheds its scale specificity by employing conventions
extroverted life of summer to the introverted security of the of the architectural model in the actual object. The house
winter fireplace. looks like and is constructed like a model. Built of plywood,
veneer, and paint, it lacks traditional details associated with
Each of the two support systems one of columns, the conventional houses. Viewed without the external, scale-
other of walls is more than sufficient to meet the structural specific referent, House II becomes an ambiguous object,
requirements of the house, which forces new readings. Either which could be a building or a model.
each system is supporting the house in part, or the two systems

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Plexiglass Model

Study model

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Analytic diagrams

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FIRST FLOOR PLAN

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Second floor plan

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Roof plan

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Diagrammatic axon

Axonometry

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Photo: South east view

Photo: North east view

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Physical Model

Photo: West facade

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Above : photo - exterior view
Left : photo - interior view

Photo: South facade

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Photo: South east corner detail

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