with Paulette Cameron, Owen de Lancie, and Emily Warkentin.
The Villa Muller is famous for it’s demonstration of Adolf Loos’ Raumplan, or three dimensional plan approach to designing and conceiving of a building. The elements studied therefore centered around the expression of the Raumplan through the creation of uniquely readable facade through fenestration placement, as well as investigating the circulation through the building with it’s multiple split levels. A service stair and front stair serve different functions, while windows provide views and light into the space only where necessary.
With the late discovery of old black and white photographs depicting the Villa’s construction, we learned that the Villa is in fact completely made of brick masonry with other parts of the building made out of reinforced concrete. The discovery was game changing. By then, we had already approached the project with a thesis of depicting the Villa’s structure as a series of downward load-bearing floating wall planes, which turned out to be pretty accurate. The structure is spatially divisive and structurally stereotomic.
Van Duzer, Leslie, Adolf Loos, Kent Kleinman. Villa Muller: a work of Adolf Loos. New York: Princeton University Press. 1994.
Frampton, Kenneth. The Architecture of Adolf Loos. London: Arts Council. 1985.