Red House was
generated on a checkerboard, plotted on a grid - it is a modular
twin enriched by some complications, some confusions and a number
of mistakes introduced to resolve some of the wishes of its very
temporary owners and some of the needs of the architecture.
two houses are symmetrical about a central party wall - each a mirrored
image of the other apart from negligible differences The two main
facades are also mirrored versions of each other and each break
up visually into two sectors. Each of the two lateral facades is
symmetrical and forms an entity disturbed by a number of cockeyed
and wide-eyed duplications of elements.
Red House appears fortified. Its walls seem to be
very thick. This appearance of thickness results from the use of
the external walls and some of the interior ones as walls of cupboards,
niches and light recesses with windows and doors built in on the
inner faces. The openings are mostly screened by rectangular louvres
which miss the springing of the flat arches. Those screens give
the interior of the houses an introverted character and the light
is cool and diffused. When the sun strikes a facade and some of
the screen panels are open the interiors are marked by bold. narrow
shafts of sunlight.
facades are both too small and too big. Each facade is a large flat
wall plane with cut out openings and protruding waterspouts. Most
of the cut out and deep openings are assumed to be the height of
ordinary doors; they are in reality a little smaller. The two larger
openings on each main elevation, when read as doors knock out the
first attempt at reading the other openings as being door size,
they become windows. When considered again the house becomes half
as large, which is impossible when checked against the nelghbours
and the second reading breaks down. At the third turn one accepts
both readings simultaneously but with doubtful reservations. The
Red House remains both too big and too small.
roofs build up to two wedge volumes, one roughly four times larger
then the other and separated by a wide gap. The Red House is transfixed
by four tall candelabra chimneys in transitory positions. The four
chimneys demarcate a single territory for themselves and further
disturb the scale of the facade.