Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Diller + Scofidio - Slow House

The quickest way of explaining how, within the profession, Diller + Scofidio became a catch phrase is to describe its iconic project, the 'Slow House.' A weekend retreat on the Long Island waterfront, it was designed in 1989 for a Japanese art investor. 'Our client came to us and said he wanted a house with a view,' Diller recalls. That request provoked them to explore the very notion of a view -- for instance, the evolution of the picture window and the terminology in real-estate ads. 'Why is architecture a technology that creates a view?' Diller recounts. 'Because it mediates it with a window frame.' The couple argued that the picture window represents a more advanced technology than the video display -- 'because it strips away the hardware that you have on a TV monitor and leaves only the effect.' from here