Category Archive: Matias Contal

A House for All Seasons – Remain-ing Room Addition

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I live with my mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, and sister. My home has been in my family for four generations now. When my grandfather dies, we’ll mix his ashes with mortar and glass… Continue reading

House for All Seasons & Eyes of the Skin

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Pallasmaa’s short book announces itself, by its title, as a discourse on sight and touch in architecture. In its introduction, he speaks of the dangerously image-focused path down which the computer has led… Continue reading

A House for All Seasons – Brick Screen Explorations

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The sum of a house’s programmatic elements is the lifestyle it prescribes to its residents. In the House for All Seasons, the inhabitant’s movement through a grid of neatly quartered uses dictates –… Continue reading

Mid Term Crit

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    23/10/2014 So far, the work I’ve accumulated consists of formal, programmatic, and detail analyses. The details focus on mud brick construction and embedded services within the house (gas, heating, water filtration, etc.),… Continue reading

A House for All Seasons – You Don’t Have to Be Someone You’re Not

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17/9/2014 With enough time and effort, the analogies to be found in the relationships between the house’s materials can be pushed much further. Mud brick and cement might embody tradition and progress, respectively.… Continue reading

A House for All Seasons – Tell Me About Your Family

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15/9/2014 John Lin’s work as one half of Rural Urban Fabric deals mainly with the transition from rural to urban life. RUF uses the Chinese countryside as a testing grounds for experimenting with… Continue reading

A House for All Seasons – Getting to Know Each Other

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15/9/2014 I’ve started the process of understanding the house as a machine. All its parts are so well coordinated it almost reads like a living anatomy. Starting from the bedrooms: The beds are… Continue reading

A House for All Seasons – First Date

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12/09/2014 Before anything else, I should say that the documentation for my house is pretty minimal. The most communicative photos available are the ones showing the house in construction – only there is… Continue reading