International Competitions in Architecture
An iHouse for Gunnar iAsplund
( i=imagined or imaginary )
An International Architectural iCompetition
By iPeter Magyar
To make this imagined competition real, I had to find a solution, which is native in both realms, in the real and in the imagined. For this reason, the reader will hopefully forgive me the constant application of the “i”, as a prefix, since all the referenced elements dwell only in our mind. At the time of typing this description (at five in the morning), I don’t even know, whether will any drawing accompany the script, or will the words have the power to convey the imagined image of the “building”?
The construct will stand on the middle of an Island, which is very small, barely larger than the building it hosts. This iLand is one of the thousands, surrounding the mainland of Sweden. It’s curvaceous edge is subject of the rise and vane of the sea, as governed by the gravity of the Moon. A mass of twenty by five meters horizontal dimension is being placed in the middle of the iLand, so, that the long sides face North and South. There are three iRooms at the ground floor, each have roughly the same size, the iWalls are built by the stone quarried from the flattening of the iLand. The middle one is the entrance, it contains the staircase, leading up to the second floor. The other two iRooms each have two iWindows, one to the North, one to the South. Each of the two iWalls, separating the three iRooms, continue – at their midpoint – with a column, which rises up from three meters, the height of the second iFloor, to eight meters, the bottom of the Ridge-iBeam. This iStructure runs all the length of the abode, it is terminated by the two iGables at the short ends, each with one iWindow . It plays an important role, being both the structural and the poetic spine of the building. From it’s abstracted center-axis, one has to imagine lines(the iPurlines, which will have sixty centimeter overhang beyond the iStone-walls), placed in thirty centimeter intervals, projected to the curvaceous edge of the iLand, transferring and transforming so the curve of the edge to the wavelike termination of the North and South iWalls. However, not just that elements are affected, but the whole surface of the iRoof, this closure of the upper, large iSpace. The volume and the shape of this area will change, as the Moon governs the Sea, hence the name of this iSpace is the “Moonroom”. The fluctuation of this iVolume happens of course very slowly, but the incredibly sensitive spatial ability of Mr. Asplund is even more refined as he returns as Mr. iAsplund! The iStructures are of course purposefully flexible, and dully follow the shape changes. We also have to be aware, that this iHouse has zero carbon-footprint, but more importantly, this parametric design is governed by cosmic forces.