Keeping random real.. Here is how a topic is introduced via uniqueness of the perspective of the observer..[ dont miss a line– really good stated]
This blog entry tells the story of a personal project to design a model of the Ennis House.
Designed in 1923 for Charles and Mabel Ennis and completed in 1924, the Ennis House has been a longtime obsession of mine. It is the fourth and largest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘textile block’ houses: so called due to way in which it was constructed with interlocking pre-cast concrete blocks. The Mayan-influenced home is one of the most recognised yet elusive locations in Los Angeles. Famed for its use a location in Blade Runner and The House on the Haunted Hill it has been off-limits to the public for decades. Sadly the house is now crumbling after many years of neglect and decay, due largely to decomposed granite in the concrete and the effects of an earthquake in 1994. The Ennis Foundation formed in 2005 has earnestly poured money and effort into stabilising the structure, but has now put the home on the market for a private owner to carry the torch.
No matter how many photos, floor plans and diagrams of a building you look at, you can’t fully comprehend what it would be like to stand within its walls. It’s like trying to describe what love is to someone who’s never been in love, so for a long time the magic of Ennis remained just a concept for me.
That is, until I fell in love.
There is a strange, ancient, imperial quality to low walls of the paved courtyard. Just as Wright had intended, to enter the house is to experience the antithesis of the sun-bleached courtyard. There is a sudden claustrophobia created by the low ceilings, heightened now by a slight smell of dampness which I can still conjure up so vividly. From the dark low ceilings of the hallway, I entered the cavernous, cathedral like vault of the main floor. As Wright intended, the contrast was extravagant; the effect haunting.
The main feature of the house (to which photographs just don’t do justice) is the light that floods that great central room. Wright’s reasons for mixing the site’s excavated granite into the concrete may have ultimately been flawed but I doubt the building would quite be the same without it. Despite the obvious damage and the effects of the recent LA floods, this was the closest thing I’d had ever had to a spiritual experience. I wanted to melt into the stone and remain there forever.
During my hunt for Wright artefacts of all kinds, I happened upon the incredible paper architecture work by Ingrid Siliakus: pop-up buildings created from a single piece of paper through a series of cuts, scores, folds and most importantly steady hands. Her designs are stunning. Elaborate yet simple shapes create lonely and somewhat haunting silhouettes. It was the perfect medium to create my very own Ennis. Each evening I would design a basic prototype, test that it folded correctly and then on the following evening elaborate upon the foundations produced previously.
I adored the maths involved when designing these and the importance of every last millimetre. The technique is relatively simple. From the source fold just ensure the front wall is the same height as the back and the roof is the same length as the floor. Easy, right? But when you begin to combine the technical limitations of paper with the desire to make an authentic representation, all sorts of problems arise and Physics generally emerges the victorious party.
What once was mere fantasy suddenly has a shred of reality to it and since my visit I have had an insatiable appetite for the Ennis House. Needless to say I’ve unsuccessfully played the lottery most weeks in the hope that I’d be able to resurrect the building to its former glory[haha..tremendous!]. Most people want to create a legacy for themselves. For some it’s to be a famous pop star, movie star or a powerful leader with countless riches. For me it’s to be the steward and protector of a precious building before it really does become a thing of myth. Until then, I’m happy to tinker away with my miniature dedication to the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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*BONUS –1926 RARE PHOTOS*
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