Layering as an architectural operation : Peter Eisenman's House II

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This thesis suggests the concept of layering as a “generative” operation in architectural design process. To understand generation of architectural forms and trace their transformations in this process, this study proposes layering as an integrative and intellectual operation embracing analysis, design and representation phases of architecture. In order to do that, the operation of layering is discussed under three titles: Layering as an analytical tool, as a design tool and as a representational tool. This means that, “layering” can operate to understand complex forms (to analyze), to generate space (to design), and to communicate in design process (to represent). In this context, for a deeper inquiry into the operation of layering, House II designed by Peter Eisenman is analyzed. The complex and layered form of House II addresses an extensive formal analysis that attempts to reveal the formations and transformations of layers constituting the building. Considering the building as a formal system, “layers” are defined as the fragments of the whole, and “layering” is conceptualized as the main operation that organizes relationships between these fragments. These analyses reveal the multi-layered formation of House II. Creating an architectural system, the operation of layering has the capacity to organize varied architectural elements by defining relationships in-between them.


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Citation Formats
D. Tüntaş Karaman, “ Layering as an architectural operation : Peter Eisenman’s House II,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2012.