Academic Project, UCLA (2014)
Critic: Guvenc Ozel
Location: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Program: Single Family Residence,
Project Area: 2500 sq.ft. (230 sq.m.)
Model: 1/2” = 1’-0”

Honors:  Currents Exhibition at UCLA Gallery , 2015

The house is sited on a peninsula, allowing for purity of views - such as solely forest or water - with each of the arms of the house extending toward a different landscape condition. Each of these arms is cantilevered to emphasize their singularity and isolation.

Sky House is based on expanding the concept of transparency and blurring of inside and out via digital mediation. The main forms of the house are sculptural skylights where the surface takes on the properties of reflecting and distorting images based on its curvature and shape, and elaborated upon via digital means. The basic concept was derived from the reflective and distortive sculptures of Anish Kapoor. In reality the surface is covered with an LED screen which creates a layering of its own distorted images with the “real” views through the windows.



The projected image is perpendicular to the viewer’s body in relation to the screen, creating a transparency of what is beyond the solid wall of the house, while the experienced image itself is distorted by the stretching of a planar image on the sulptural LED surface.

The number of occupants determines the dynamism of the image. While it is in constant motion with one occupant, following the single movement, the motion with two occupants becomes more static as their locations combine for a larger image. The image becomes completely static as the entire space is filled with bodies. As the whole skylight rotates, the projected image warps along with the geometry of the screen, as the boundaries fluctuate but the projected image remains constant. Service spaces such as the bathrooms and kitchen each have their own dedicated sky-space, allowing for the sky and light to define the space.



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