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When a Purist Architecture Magnifies the Nature

‘Twins: houses in five parts’ is a project designed by the Boston based practice William O’Brien Jr.
This two vacation houses for two brothers and their families is located in upstate New York, USA.

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The houses, a regular six-sided polygon and a regular four-sided polygon, are made out of the same five shapes.
This design proposal is coming from the mathematical principle of “dissection” – any two regular polygons with equal areas can be divided into sets of similar shapes.

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The polygons have been minimally dissected and rotated to fit within the plot. They contain the same five shapes made of four trapezoids and one triangle.

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Programmatically, each shapes contain the same function for the two houses, but the different adjacencies makes each of them unique.

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A functional agricultural field separates them visually (depending on season) while creating a physical link between them. The ribbon of land is planted with interwoven strips of leaf vegetables, berries, wheat and corn providing each house immediate access to each food type.

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The abstract geometry and material (rubber roofing system) of the houses offer a reading of the forms as discrete volumes with different orientations made by the large apertures.

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Architect: William O’Brien jr.
Project Team: Bhujon Kang

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