E.Noyes house and A.Calder atelier

July 4th, 2018

The house from our enlargement proposal starts is the family house of the american architect Eliot Noyes. The house was built in 1955 in New Cannan, Connecticut. It remembers the ancient Greek and Roman urban houses, because it is built around a central patio but at the same time it seems a pavillion hidden in the forest. The interconnectedness of spaces enhances the family relationship with nature: in fact, despite the domestic space is protected by huge stone walls, it is projected to the nature outside trough two whole glass facades and ,thanks to the patio, Nature becomes central in the family’s dynamics of everyday life. The first thing you see entering to the house is a real masterpiece: “ Black Beast” the sculpture that the artist and family’s friend Alexander Calder specifically made for this house. And from the artistic vein of this friendship we start thinking about the enlargment, that would be Calder’s atelierWe learned the importance of the stone walls that surronds the house: they protect the domestic space and they also represent the sense of belonging to Earth and Nature. And so, the first step was made; now we wanted to face the program necessities. The interior space must to be flexible: it has to be intimate and of inspiration during the artistic compositive process, but it must turn into a bright and functional space during the practical construction of Art. Calder loved to work speccialy with flying and tiny metallic scupltures, that he used to call “mobiles”. From theese spatial reasonings and from the nature of the beloved Art we decided to lean over the stone walls, wooden trusses, for the reason of being structure in relation to the light and and exhibition structure of the hanging sculptures. Trough the five trusses and four central rotating doors we wanted to enhance the interior square space in relation to the lobby interconnective space between the house and the enlargment. In this way the two different scales, the human and the building dimension, can be read both from the interior to the esterior and viceversa.

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