Five Houses +

Five glass houses – Cartha Magazine
 
Mister C used to live in five different glass houses. He had bought these houses over the years just for the love of glass architecture. He used to travel from one house to the other. Always in the same order. Once he had visited them all, he would go back to the first one, visit all the others again. Just like Howard Hughes, the famous aviator who used to live in a series of identical apartments spread around the world, his life was about experiencing speed. This speed was not yet the same as that of a bullet train. It was like a kind of inertia. A speed so absolute that it would become like static. One day, he thought he had become to old to keep moving from one house to another. He called his architect who suggested to deconstruct and reconstruct the five houses in the same place, since glass houses were particularly suited for deconstruction and reconstruction. Mister C enthusiastically accepted. His houses were then unbuilt and rebuilt on the same plot. Not just one next to the other, but intertwined with each other, so as to make one house out of five. This resulted in a strange space-time compression: a house with five bathrooms and five kitchens. A labyrinth of crisscrossing glass panels, steel structures, flat and slopped roofs, stone and wooden floors.
Mies van der Rohe, Farnsworth house, 1951
Philip Johnson, Glass house, 1949
Paul Rudolph, Walker Guest house, 1953
Pierre Koenig, Stahl house, 1959
Charles W. Moore, Orinda house, 1962
 
Architects Muoto
Year 2019