Preston Scott Cohen in collaboration with Cameron Wu

Preston Scott Cohen

American (Asheville, North Carolina, 1961)

Cameron Wu

American

Wu House Project, Burson, California

2000
photograph | chromogenic print
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  • Wu House Project, Burson, California

    Preston Scott Cohen in collaboration with Cameron Wu, Preston Scott Cohen, Cameron Wu, Wu House Project, Burson, California, 2000; chromogenic print, 27 in. x 36 in. (68.58 cm x 91.44 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Preston Scott Cohen


Cohen is widely known for his innovative ideas about the relationship between architecture and geometry. He distorts familiar forms with diagonal projections and similar devices, creating complex designs that challenge our preconceptions about the nature of order in architecture.

Situated on 185 acres, the Wu House is a modest 2,600 square feet. In plan, it appears very boxlike. The main mass of the house is composed of three vaulted rectangles. Elliptical cylinders and cones pass between and intersect the saddlelike rectangular volumes to produce sinuous lines that appear to be derived from the site's physical features. Inside, these intersections create lariat-shaped openings at the ceiling planes, resulting in spaces that flow into one another to create a supple, smooth domestic container.


27 in. x 36 in. (68.58 cm x 91.44 cm)
Acquired 2002
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© Preston Scott Cohen
2002.19.2

Tags

interiors, shadows, rounded, shapes, stairways, bars, lines, houses, architecture


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