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  • 2217 NPL House

    Gonzalo VAÍLLO MARTÍNEZ, "2217 NPL House." Detail.
    vienna AUSTRIA

    University of Applied Arts Vienna
    Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program, EXCESSIVE IV
    critics: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO & José Carlos LOPEZ CERVANTES.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Gonzalo VAÍLLO MARTÍNEZ: Located in the outskirts of Los Angeles, the starting point of the design is based on the standards of a single-family house.

    The exuberance of the form is the tool that develops an aesthetic able to corrupt the original principles and establish a negotiation with the contemporary way of life in a day-by-day house. The project is thought as a continuous mixture of conventional elements that create an emotional empathy with something that is familiar for everyone (social memory), combined with external contaminations that brings new behaviors and perceptions of the spaces.

    The house is divided into three units. The first one is a half-underground piece, which contains the main entrance and the services of the house, the public areas are located in the 2nd one (on the ground) and in the last one appears the private rooms, which detach from the ground. In this way, the three units are positioned in the same height and it is the relationship with the sloped topography what defines morphological- and structurally each piece.

    The aggressive exterior made out of the combination of a wire-linework, mobile facade panels and metallic surfaces, creates a contrast with the soft and continuous interiors.

    sP: What or who influenced this projec
    GVM: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Enric Miralles, Tim Borgmann, and Alexander McQueen.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    GVM: Reading: James Gleick, Dostoevsky. Listening to: Surgeon, Zosima.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    GVM: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Wolfgang Tschapeller, David Ruy, and Roland Snooks.

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