RUINS OF FOUNTAINS ABBEY

Yale School of Architecture

British Landscapes Seminar

Bryan Fuermann

Spring 2018

The studio sets out to critically and productively address the most ubiquitous yet contentious of architectural typologies; the single-family house. Students focused on this problem in a series of concentrated studies: first; a close examination of the elementary particle of the house and its lot and in relation to similar or neighboring houses through a series of model exercises, second; through the studio travel week in which the students were able to travel to more than thirty houses of notable architectural contributions, third; through the case study and structural analysis of one of these houses through a large sectional model, then; our midterm presentation after the break in which students presented early concepts of house through models that were not a house, and finally; a proposal of a house that is specific to the given site, yet can serve as a model, of process or form, for wider architectural practice. Students selected their own site from the diverse landscapes of the Inland Empire and were specifically to address tectonic systems; structure, envelope and more, an attitude toward siting; spatial and physical connection with the surroundings, and a domestic proposition; the who and how of life in/around the scheme.