Perhaps this is the task of life...! To unite the opposites...! And, just like Goethe who was looking through the Black Forest for the Ur-Plant, which was to have a built-in duality, we could envision a house that incorporates and pacifies a duality (or several) in the name of reaching a complexity otherwise impossible!
Just contemplate the list of dichotomies that Kazuyo Sejima mentions in her text written on the occasion of her being the first woman to be chosen to direct the Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale this year...!
If you could honor this list with the design of a house that is able to achieve what she seems to search for, then ICARCH Gallery will send your proposal, together with all the others received, to Kazuyo, as an "unexpected" contribution to her theme... and who knows, maybe your design will be shown in the Biennale...!
Would it be The House of Split (if we can say so, inspired by the "signature" chair designed by Kazuyo herself), would it be The House of Un-WeddingThe House of Separatio, (if we are to consider the list of dichotomical entities designated by her) or The House of Sleek, if we are to consider the contemporary "sleekness" of her designs...?
With regard to her concept for the Biennale, Kazuyo Sejima has declared:
"The Biennale must be everything and anything, fundamentally inclusive, in dialogue with both contributors and visitors. Buildings, the atmosphere that they create and the way in which they are conceived, can be the central starting point of the coming Biennale. Very broadly, the process by which we design can be brought to bear on contemporary and future architectural discussion. I.e. we can select and arrange works such that they are understood as they are rather than as representations. This can be manifested with an architecture grounded in its use by people.
We are now well into the 21st Century. We can take this opportunity to step back and assess the zeitgeist of now through the process of the Biennale.This can clarify contemporary essentials of architecture and the importance of new relationships as we step into the future. One potent point of departure could be the boundaries and adaptation of space. This might include the removal of boundaries, as well as their clarification. Any part of architecture’s inherent multiplicity of adjacencies can become a topic. It might be argued that contemporary architecture is a rethinking and perhaps softening of those borders.