Blog for Year 1 Students at the Bartlett School of Architecture
Monday, 29 October 2012
Architect: John Lautner
Building: Arango House, 1973
Lautner integrates Architecture and site by extending the structure into the landscape, conceiving the house as an extension of the rugged topography. The sweeping concrete roof is anchored to the hill and slopes up to the sky above eyerange. It is a floating island above sea level.
The open terrace encompasses the beautiful view of Acapulco Bay and the clouds that embrace it. A 6-foot wide swimmable channel rings the entire terrace with a continuous overflow. The water of the pool blends into the water of the ocean below, evoking a sense of infinite space.
The free form of the living terrace cantilevers out from the hill, blocking out disturbing lights from houses below. It also gives the occupants the impression of walking on air between sky and bay.