Movement, material and order

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


l seek to investigate space, material and harmonious order. A building should celebrate the continuity of space in three dimensions. Walls should not confine space, but expand perceptible limits. Architectural space should be active. A building should be an integration of material and order. Materials define the unit order from which the building develops. Materials should be handled naturally and correctly. Nothing in a building should be superficial. Ornament should grow from the natural pattern of construction and structure.

To dwell in a house is the experience of passage in familiar surroundings. A house must emphasize not only place, but spatiality. Space outside should not be shut out, but become a part of the space within the house. The spaces of this house overlap and intersect inside and outside the walls. This continuity of space brings dynamic forces into the life of the individual.