A GETAWAY HOME FOR RENOWNED ARTIST,
We were tasked with designing a private residence for Vancouver artist, Rodney Graham. Inspired by the cubic minimalism of visual artist, Donald Judd, Graham equates text with the production of meaning. And so, in the design of his vacation home, having profound appreciation for the contribution of a psycho-spatial tabula rasa in the generation of creative work, I drew inspiration from the 19th & 20th century books Graham turned into sculptural objects, specifically his famous sculpture: Standard Edition.
This resident's massing began with stacking of 'hardcover books': rectilinear concrete covers rotating about the Z-axis to yield private, yet interconnected spaces. Within these enclosed spaces, the stories of Rodney's life is told, and the inner life can only be understood from the paper-edge thresholds represented in the building by glazing. But although in Standard Edition it is the thickness of each volume that determines progression of empty spaces, within this house it is the programme of each individual space that determines dimensions: