Range Life

I’ve been working on a couple of houses for Diller Scofidio +Renfro these past several months, and I know what you’re thinking: DS+R does houses? Well, yes, they do. Or at least, yes, they are doing some right now, even though they haven’t in a long time. Or ever, really.

But it’s funny, because when you think about it, a large part of this firm’s reputation was built off of the success of one particular house project: the Slow House. The original models of the Slow House still sit in various corners of the office, and every student who has gone through architecture school knows that project. And it’s still spoken of fondly in this office, a kind of happy ghost from an early era.

Now, of course, Lincoln Center and the High Line and the other recent (and future) Manhattan-based projects have become the germ from which most of our current projects stem, but these two new houses are a place for some architectural thinking that can only really be done on that scale, with that kind of client and program. And the office’s ideas and aesthetics have changed as well, and the pace and freedom of a small residential project is an exciting place to try out our ideas.

The whole point of this, though, is to point towards a website that I find continually great, and that I keep bumping into whenever I have to squat on an idea for a while: Stories of Houses, by Halldora Arnardottir and Javier Sanchez Marina. I don’t think it is updated anymore, but it’s trove of images of important and provoking houses built in the past is a great resource, and the writing is wonderful.

11 Responses to “Range Life”

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  4. Valerie Says:

    Very intriguing renderings for sure!

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  6. Claire Smyth Says:

    I went and had a look at Stories of Houses, by Halldora Arnardottir and Javier Sanchez Marina. It is indeed a trove of images of important and provoking houses built in the past. I agree that the writing is wonderful and the stories behind the houses are worth reading. My favorite is the one in France.

    Claire

  7. Rich Muir Says:

    Just went and had a look at the stories of houses site and its got great info. We are searching for content for a clients site and that had so many great resources, as they are a housing company and we wanted to put in quality research so thanks for the heads up.

    Also love the concept of teh slow house.

    Rich Muir
    Director
    Strategic Marketing And Copywriting
    Gold Coast SEO Company

  8. Incorp Says:

    Brent makes a good point, your writing is eloquent & easy to read. Keep the quality coming

  9. j dylan Says:

    I know the Slow House is on Long Island but I’m not sure where. I live about 50 miles from the east end and I would love to see it before the weather gets bad here. It’s hard to get around in the winter and I would guess that the house is out towards the hamptons which practically shuts down with the first flake of snow. Hope someone can tell me where it is. Thanks.

  10. Gavin Says:

    If you have a look at the Small House by Erik Morales, you can really see where he got his idea for the Scottish Parliament Building. This has made me look at it in a new light.

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