Inside the Wall (House 2)

Glendall, John
September 2006
Architectural Record;Sep2006, Vol. 194 Issue 9, p49
Trade Publication
This article points that historically, the wall marks the threshold between interior and exterior. But John Hejduk confounded this model. In Wall House 2, the late architect envisioned the wall as the space itself. In diagram, the house is composed of two walls, with a long wall doubling as a corridor intersecting with an exaggerated concrete "front" wall. The three-story curvilinear living spaces project outward from this flat plane, while an elevated study is extruded from the corridor wall on its opposite end. In moving around the interior, the resident must repeatedly pass through the front wall, while staying within the corridor wall. This constant negotiation of the boundary calls into question the concept of the interior, for it is the interior that lies on either side of the house's front wall. Passage through the front wall no longer indicates entry or exit, but rather provides the nebulous architectural experience of being in a wall.


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