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Plans, Façades

We arrive up top at Garths to present a revised drawing. We show Garth the drawing traced from a 3d model of sketchup. The drawing shows a 3/4 view of the two houses. This drawing represents a shift in direction from the initially proposed arched rebar form on the upper house, and a finished squared-off back to the lower house. The front of the upper house is now imagined with a series of two steps between the top loft and the ground in front. The front wall will continue along the same proposed wavy perimeter of the rebar dome except instead of rounding all the way to second story the there’s an added step half way up, where the roof flattens off for 3 feet. This will enable planter beds for succulents at the two different levels and allow for skylights to sit along horizontal planes.

Garth’s main concern with building projects on the property is keeping them hidden and in harmony with the natural landscape. This is most generally expressed as a wish to mimic the forms of boulders.

  • I need to get the fuck out of this yurt ASAP
  • This situation feels so weird
  • And it lasts like 12 hours
  • Maybe because I grew up around that stuff
  • A pho esoteric cult outside of Berlin
  • No shelter for 24 hours

Garth has always expressed an extreme distaste for geometrically rigid architecture. Neighbors have approached him in the past to get advice on their building projects to which he has redesigned each and rounded off any straight angle or edge. The architect, a neighbor nearby who frequents the property, recently finished a house with a zip zag roof adjacent to Garth’s, he ignored Garth’s idea to round off the roof. Driving with Garth through the valley he recalls all the neighbors who have received advice and ignored the ideas. He expresses disdain for the appalling Sante Fe knock off’s with pho stepped roof facades.

  • They told us not to bring tents
  • And it rained the entire time
  • There was a life raft with 8 of us
  • Was this a one off?

Garth is upset about the change of plans. He says it’s beyond ugly, and looks like something out of a magazine. He takes a pencil and draws rock shape facades over the squared off surfaces. Some of these extending over the edge of the roof like stage props. We debate the principles of mimicry and harmony in nature. We talk about Garth’s teepee and it’s shape in relation to the valley. We think about ways to texture the exterior walls with different rock facades.

We return to our site a bit deflated but discuss some potential compromises.