Biennale de Venise 2018: Close Encounters

with Boyd Cody Architects

Text by Dermot Boyd

This project is an exploration of the siting or grounding of two of Eileen Gray’s houses, E-1027 and the lesser known Tempe à Pailla. There is a contextual understanding demonstrated in the design of these two houses that further affirms Gray’s innate ability as an architect.
We use two of her original site drawings, one section and one plan, as the spatial templates for two large wall pieces, translating her exquisitely rendered lines into material space. Each house is absent from the studies; what remains is the ground or the FREESPACE that she manipulates for them. These models are not only representations, but when seen from another perspective and read at another scale, they become grounded spatial experiences in themselves.